The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

The Ten Commandments for Cancer Survival

The Ten Commandments for Cancer Survival

The Ten Commandments for Cancer Survival:

Thou shalt regard the word "Cancer" as exactly that: a word. Nothing more, nothing less. For it's original meaning has changed mightily over the years, as have such words as Smallpox, TB, and Polio, all once dreaded ailments, now non-existent as maladies. And thus, too, shalt go thy Cancer. The answer shall come to those who shall be present to hear it. Be present to hear it when it comes.

Thou shalt love thy chemotherapy, thy radiation, and thy other treatments even as thyself, for they are thy friends and champions. Although they may exact a toll for their endeavours, they are oft most generous in the favours they bestow.

Thou shalt participate fully in thy recovery. Thou shalt learn all the details of thy ailment, it's diagnosis, it's prognosis, it's treatments, conventional and alternative. Thou shalt discuss them openly and candidly with thy oncologist and shalt question all that thou do not comprehend. Then, thou shalt cooperate intelligently and knowledgeably with thy doctor.

Thou shalt regard thy ailment as a temporary detour in thy life and shalt plan thy future as though this detour had not occurred. Thou shalt never, at no time, nohow, regard thy temporary ailment as permanent. Thou shalt set long-term goals for thyself. For thou will verily recover and your believing so will contribute mightily to thy recovery.

Thou shalt express thy feelings candidly and openly to thy loved ones for they, too, are stricken. Thou shalt comfort and reassure them for they, too, needest comforting and reassurance, even as thou doest.

Thou shalt be a comfort to thy fellow-cancerites, providing knowledge, encouragement, understanding and love. You shalt give them hope where there may be none, for only in hope lies their salvation. And by doing so, thou providest comfort for thyself, as well.

Thou shalt never relinquish hope, no matter how thou mayest feelest at that moment, for thou knowest, in the deep recesses of thy heart, that your discouragement is but fleeting and that a better day awaits thee, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps the day after tomorrow.

Thou shalt not regard thy ailment as the sum total of thy life but as merely a part of it. Fill your life with other diversions, be they mundane, daring, altruistic, or merely amusing. To fill your life with your ailment is to surrender to it.

Thou shalt maintain, at all times and in all circumstances, thy sense of humour, for laughter lightens thy heart and hastens thy recovery. This is not an easy task, sometimes seemingly impossible, but it is a goal well worth the endeavour.

Thou shalt have enduring and unassailable faith, whether thy faith be in a Supreme Being, in Medical Science, in Thy Future, in Thyself, or in Whatever. Steadfastly sustain thy faith for it shall sustain thee.

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Hi punnoose619,

I presume you wrote this on your tablet whilst out hillwalking!!!!


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hello punnoose619....get real, palooka


oh i am sorry if it has had a negative effect on you buddy.... i just wanted to help


Don't know what palooka's problem is, but apart from the flowery language, the gist of it is good advice.

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thank you.... :)


It never had a negative effect on me

And I don't have a problem with it

It's just a load of nonsense! Sorry to upset you both


Potential troll? Not a negative effect, yet you call it a a load of nonsense.

Don't have a problem with it, yet it caused you to post a derogatory comment.

I say again, the language was flowery, but the gist of it can be found in most cancer forums .

I'm sorry if this upsets you and hope this puts this correspondence to bed.


Hello all

Can I recommend that we close this thread. I appreciate the intention behind this discussion was positive. I think at this stage the best thing is to avoid any deterioration in relationships by discontinuing the conversation.

best wishes


on behalf of the Information & Support


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