10 Encouraging Cancer Quotes to Inspire Hope

When it comes to cancer, we completely understand: finding the right words can be a challenge. Having an inspiring quote or two on hand can be a great relief whenever you are in need of saying something helpful.

We reached out to the empathetic CaringBridge community, many of whom with lives that have been touched by cancer. We asked them to share the most inspiring or helpful quotes about cancer that they’ve heard or shared.

Here are the 10 best cancer quotes to bring you and your loved ones some peace and hope:

1. “You’re a fighter!”

“When I was given a short time to live, I was told by one of my kids, ‘Mom, you’re a fighter! Let’s do this!”’

Mary Bollinger Appelhanz 

2. “Never give up hope.”

Jaxson and Judy Martinez

“A complete stranger overheard a conversation between the pharmacist and myself the day that we received my husband’s diagnosis of an aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma. As I prepared to leave, this gentleman apologized for listening to us, but felt like he needed to share these words: ‘My wife & I were where you are a year ago. Please remember to never give up HOPE!’ We never forgot those words from a complete stranger and are forever thankful.”

Bobbie Harrington Henry

3. “You are NOT a statistic.”

“My first oncologist told me: ‘When you read about the statistics/prognosis; remember that you are NOT a statistic, you are YOU and you are unique.’ The prognosis I later read about was not good, so his statement always gave me hope. I have survived over 10 years. The prognosis was 2-3 years. He was right!!”

Karen Kockelman Schultz

4. “Think of all the things cancer can’t do.”

“Cancer cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot destroy peace. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot suppress memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot steal eternal life. It cannot conquer the spirit.”

5. “Cancer is only a chapter in your life, not the whole story.”

6. “Take life moment by moment.”

“Cancer is a marathon – you can’t look at the finish line. You take it moment by moment, sometimes breath by breath, other times step by step.”

Sarah Betz Bucciero 

“Plan for the worst, hope for the best and live for the moment!”

Shared by Tiffany Smith

7. “Cancer may have started the fight, but you will finish it.”

8. “Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.”

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “move,” and it will move… and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20, shared by William James Garmong

9. “Everything will be OK.”

“You’re about to overcome something you’ve been dealing with. Your mind and heart will soon be at peace again. The weight is being lifted off of you right now. Breathe. Be patient. Everything will be OK.”

Shared by Deb Kelley

“I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know WHO holds tomorrow.”

Shared by Sigrid Devida

10.”I am here for you.”

“People who said ‘I am here for you’ were some of the sweetest words I ever heard.”

Sylvia Ramsey Savage

Whatever Quote You Choose, Choose from the Heart

We hope these 10 quotes have been helpful in gathering inspiration for what to say to your loved one, or in offering yourself some peace. The most important thing to remember is that whatever words you choose to say, make sure your message is genuine and from the heart. Try to empathize and think about what would help you the most.

Please let us know in the comments if there are any more quotes that helped you or a loved one through their cancer journey! We’d love to hear from you.

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Nancy and Ted Roney Sep 04, 2019 11:08pm
I've heard/seen this before and loved it so want to share it with you. Perhaps you too have seen it, but this it bares repeating. "Cancer cannot cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, destroy peace, kill friendship, suppress memories, silence courage, invade the soul, steal eternal life nor conquer the spirit." Blessings and hugs, always hugs, even from afar!!
Cathyjoy Jul 16, 2019 9:49am
Thank you for these quotes. As I journey through multiple myeloma, God has placed in my path many people with cancer. Encouraging them encourages me too. These quotes encourage me and I will use them to encourage others.
Bob H Jul 03, 2019 6:48am
Caring Bridge allowed me to quickly notify family and friends about the progress of my cancer treatment. Now in remission I’m so grateful for those folks who have been there for me!