Cancer Poems

Cancer Poems

Cancer's Journey: Poems from Patients and Loved Ones Fighting Cancer

Cancer, the dreaded "C" word. It has become such an epidemic in our society that people are loath to even mention its name. Cancer is a disease that can affect many different parts of the body. Some of these diseases are more serious than others. It is not only the disease that is painful but also the many way of treating it. Radiation treatments may kill the cancer but are also dangerous for the body. Chemotherapy comes with many side effects such as hair loss and severe nausea. The many faces of this disease challenge an individual to show their fighting spirit and will to live.

28 Poems about Losing a Loved One to Cancer

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  1. Our Hearts Will Always Touch

    When I lay there beside you,
    Could you feel me there?
    My arms were wrapped around you,
    And I was stroking your hair.

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    My mother got cancer when I was 8. She survived and was in remission for a year, but when I was 12 she was diagnosed with cancer again. This time we all knew she would die, when she told us I...

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  3. Daddy, Don't Be Scared

    • By Jade E. Mcnullen
    • Published: February 2010 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Awaiting the news, we feared the worst and hoped for the best.
    Life was about to put my family through an unforgettable test
    Mom came in, evidence on her face, that daddy wasn't okay
    "daddy has cancer" mom cried "we won't see him for a couple of days"

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    • Rating 4.68
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    I was touched when I read your poem. My husband was diagnosed with cancer a month ago and is about to embark on his treatment. Emotions running high, but my husband is positive, and he has...

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  5. Goodnight Our Hero

    • By Juli Round
    • Published: June 2008 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    To be brave is to cry
    But still to fight on,
    And that's what you did,
    Our hero, our son.

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    I am so sorry. My great grandma died from cancer and so did my grandma. It must've been so hard for you. I can't imagine what you went through losing your son. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  6. A Stranger Comes To Call

    • By John Kehoe
    • Published: November 2013 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Some weeks ago through medical doubt
    I met someone I'd heard lots about
    I never thought our paths would cross
    Our meeting left me at a loss.

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    I just love this poem. I have lived through so many of these phases, as though I was the one writing it. My name is Sharon Gross. I’m 55, and in 2015 I was diagnosed with Adeno Carcinoma of...

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  7. God Can You Hear Me?

    My eyes fill with tears,
    And I could hardly see
    This cancer is stealing my father
    Slowly away from me.

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    This poem touched my heart in so many ways! I'm writing this through tears. On June 23, 2019, I lost my dad to cancer. I had just gotten to meet him. That sounds odd, I know, but I didn't get...

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  8. To My Brother, Who Lost His Life To Cancer

    • By Lisa Crisp
    • Published: April 2009 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    The time has come to say goodbye
    I will try not to cry

    It's been so hard to let you go

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  9. To My Mom

    • By Jennifer Correa
    • Published: December 2013 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    In your eyes I see the pain,
    Slowly the tears roll down, they won't refrain.

    I look down to the floor as if I'm hiding,

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    I am battling brain cancer. Doctors only gave me 2 months to live; that was 5 years ago. I'm now 36 and have 3 kids who need me. Every day gets harder to keep up the fight, but I can't...

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  10. I Wish I Could Stop The Rain Falling

    • By Ellie
    • Published: November 2009 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    It was raining the day you told us,
    And ever since I feel like it has not stopped pouring down.
    I wish I could stop the rain falling,
    And hold your head up and not let you drown.

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    My mother had cancer and just reading this tugs at my heart, and I start crying because I had the same experience as you. Just don't ever give up, things will get better. Just smile.

  11. I Hate You Cancer

    • By Carolyn Pritts
    • Published: August 2009 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    I hate you I hate you
    Oh why can't you see?
    How you took my heart and broke it
    When you took them from me!

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    I totally relate!....unfortunately. My Mom fought and beat breast cancer almost 20 years ago. Hooray! Then 4 years ago got uterine cancer and beat that too!!! For 3 and 1/2 years. We just...

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  12. Cancer

    • By Jessica Louise Wheeler
    • Published: December 2013 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    One day you showed up,
    With no reason why,
    You claimed your victims,
    You've made grown men cry.

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    Cancer is a life changer and heart breaker. It takes someone close to you and kills them. It has made grown men cry because they are sad that their loved one has died. We all try to fight...

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  13. Pink Ribbon

    They said time would ease the pain.
    Every day I still feel the same.
    I wake every morning reaching for you,
    My pillow soaked with my tears like the morning dew.

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    Death Anniversary - I lost my wife to brain cancer on July 16, 2003. We were married for 5 years. We took her to the best hospital in Pakistan, and at third stage we thought we had beaten it...

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  14. To My 2-Year-Old Little Girl Fighting Cancer

    • By David Austin
    • Published: March 2014 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Being a father
    Is unlike anything else
    It makes you happier
    Than life itself

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    • Rating 4.35
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    I really liked this poem. This really touched my heart.

  15. Good Mommy

    • By Mary B. Downes
    • Published: August 2006 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    You can't prepare for this:
    the DNR in red letters,
    last rites over,
    the monitors off,

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    Dear Mary - your poem resonated with my experience of losing my mum (Sept 11) hugely. I'm so sorry we and others have gone through this. I was looking today for something to comfort me as I...

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  16. Battling Cancer

    • By Heather Weitz
    • Published: January 2011 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Feeling tired
    Feeling weak
    With all the pain you do not seek

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    I feel every word in this poem.
    On June 2, 2010 I was told that I have stage four cancer. Still holding on.
    Please read "

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  17. Floundering

    • By Dr. Jamie Y. Marable
    • Published: August 2015 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    Emotion. Less.
    A tall order of contradictions

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    I had a beautiful, loving, great marriage for 26 years to my husband. His name was Rick and he was 58 years old. I lost him to Esophageal and Spinal Cancer 5 years ago. I still feel like it...

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  18. 5 Years Old

    • By Kristie
    • Published: May 2008 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    What would you do
    in 5 short years?
    Would you make them the most
    or hide from your fears?

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    I have 2 really good friends who were diagnosed with cancer. It sucks. One girl was only 9 years old and fought. She won, but now has to take therapy.

  19. Thanking God For My Sister

    • By Diane Gardner
    • Published: May 2011 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    I thank God for my sister
    She's as awesome as can be
    No one can replace her
    She's in my heart you see

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    My sister has a brain tumor. Well actually she has 9, and about 30 on her spine, she has NF2. I don't believe in God though. All I believe is that life is random, cruel and painful.

  20. Signed...Your Little Girl

    You were there for my very first breath,
    And I was there for your last.
    The time we got to share together,
    Went by too quick...too fast.

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    My mom died in Nov 2014 from colon cancer and my dad in Sept 2015 from liver cancer. This poem sums up how I feel at this moment. Thank you.

  21. Mother's Smile

    • By Tessa McGregor
    • Published: March 2008 by Family Friend Poems with the permission of the Author.

    I remember your brave face through all the pain,
    The day you told us and I tried to remain sane.
    "I have breast cancer," you said as a matter of fact.
    Yet you didn't shed a single tear; you stayed intact.

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    • Rating 4.58
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    Hello, I am going to die from stage 4 breast cancer that has traveled into my lungs. My doctor told me that I had to think on the time that I had left. Was I just slapped, because I thought I...

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  22. Walking On The Edge Of Life

    The world keeps moving forward
    as time stands still for me,
    I am the kid with Cancer,
    locked in battle to be free.

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    My grandson, who's not even 3 years old yet, was just diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. We don't know how much time he has. They tell us he doesn't have the mutated gene, which is good,...

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