Patient Stories From Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

Cancer Stories from Patients, Survivors & Caregivers

Explore the most in-depth cancer patient stories and survivor stories out there. You can start by choosing cancer type or by popular cancer questions.

FAQs curated by cancer survivors

Timelines by patients done with treatments

Cancer Stories

We know no two patients have the same journey, but people who’ve been through cancer treatment can help give you a sense of calm and control after a diagnosis. Learn about first symptoms, treatment decisions, questions to ask your doctor, and navigating life with cancer.

Start by choosing the stories here organized by cancer origin:


NBC’s Al Roker Shares His Prostate Cancer Story

Al Roker has become a beloved, familiar face for so many as the Weather and News Anchor for the TODAY Show on NBC for decades.

Now, he’s also a prostate cancer thriver and patient advocate with a powerful message: Get screened and do it regularly, it could save your life.

Top Multiple Myeloma Specialist

Dr. Rafael Fonseca has logged decades studying multiple myeloma and working on research to develop new therapies. The interim Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic shares his latest insights on emerging treatments.

Featured Patient Stories

Richard P., Relapsed/Refractory DLBCL

On New Treatments

“I’d like to encourage somebody to keep on going, because it does get better. I have [diffuse large b-cell lymphoma]. Well, it’s not going to go away, but like I said, the next thing is right down the line. “

Carlos C.,
Multiple Myeloma

Impact on Marriage

“Don’t let cancer and the treatment control your life. Continue to do the things you enjoy. This is just as important for the spouse as it is for the patient.”

Dave B.,
Lung Cancer

Fighting Stigma

“If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. People who are advocating in the lung community and very active are talking about how anybody can get lung cancer.” 

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NOTE: Information on the site is not medical advice. It’s shared by our cancer community members.