Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things—whether health or a car or an old sense of self—has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers.
—Lance Armstrong (b.1971) American Professional Racing Cyclist
I wish I had the voice of Homer to sing of rectal carcinoma.
—J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964) British Biologist, Geneticist
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
—Maya Angelou (1928–2014) American Poet