Cancer in Dreams

Cancer is one illness that is generally feared. You can feel fine one day, but the next, you start to feel sick. However, it isn’t a death sentence these days. Yes, of course, people will die of cancer, but many others are cured. 

If you dream about having cancer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to get it. It simply means that you’re not taking proper care of yourself. If you see a friend or a family member with cancer, it means that you want to nurture that person. Perhaps you have been neglectful of late. 

There are two reasons why you may worry about a dream of cancer. The first is having cancer in your waking life and then dreaming about it. The second is dreaming of a loved one who also has cancer in real life. These dreams may make you think more about your illness and also worry that you are not going to be cured.

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Interpreting Dreams About Cancer

If you dream that you have cancer, but you don’t in your waking life, then you may not be properly caring for yourself when awake. You are taking care of everyone else and don’t spend enough time on yourself. You are as important as other people so nurture yourself from time to time. 

To dream of someone you know having cancer although they don’t in real life, indicates that you haven’t spent enough time with them. You are probably feeling guilty about this and worried that something bad could happen to them before you have time to make amends.

Perhaps you will dream about people you don’t know having cancer. This means that you want to help other people. However, there is only so much you can do. You need to put yourself first because if you don’t you won’t have the energy to help others.

Sometimes if you dream about cancer, you have your own health concerns. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer, but you might have another illness. 

To dream about cancer can be classed as a nightmare. The dream will make you think about the whole process from being diagnosed to being treated. If you are waiting for results in your waking life it won’t be surprising if you dream about having cancer.

Is Dreaming About Cancer Good or Bad?

It is interesting to note that ancient dream dictionaries state that it’s lucky to dream about cancer. However, these days we don’t think in the same way. You might not have cancer in your waking life but you could feel as if something is taking over your life. Perhaps it’s work. You should make a little time for relaxation. However, the dream can still be positive and a romantic relationship may be enveloping you. 

A dream about cancer can represent a problem at work or at home so don’t fixate on the dream and believe that you are going to get cancer.

Dreaming About Smoking and the Risk of Cancer

Smoking can cause cancer. There’s no doubt about this because of the number of different chemicals in each cigarette or cigar. Smoking generally causes around seven in ten lung cancer cases. If you dream that you have cancer because you have smoked, you are worried about getting cancer. You may smoke, but the dream could also suggest that you have another addiction like alcohol abuse or drug-taking. The dream is telling you to give up your addiction before you get serious health problems.

If You Dream That You Have Cancer, Do You Really Have it?

Yes, we can all get lumps and bumps but most of these are just cysts especially when it comes to women. Perhaps you will find a lump and then have a dream that you have cancer. This doesn’t mean that you do have it. However, it is a good idea to go to a doctor to make sure that all is well. 

However, if you keep dreaming that you have cancer, it could be a warning. Again, it is a good idea to see a doctor. The dreams could be intense and frightening, but that still doesn’t mean you have cancer. You could just be worried about your health. Perhaps someone close to you has died from cancer so this is at the forefront of your mind. 

In ancient dream dictionaries, in particular from England and Scotland, to dream of cancer is positive. You are going to grow and develop as a person and you are also going to come into money. Maybe you’ll win the lottery!

However, cancer dreams can still be negative while not predicting that you will get cancer. These dreams can indicate that there is a decay in some part of your life. Perhaps the relationship with your husband or wife is deteriorating and you don’t feel happy anymore. Maybe you just feel hopeless. and don’t feel as if you are going anywhere in your career. You could have financial problems as well and might have an illness that is not cancer.

Dreaming That You are Diagnosed with Cancer

Any dream that you have where you are diagnosed with an illness will cause you to worry. You can’t be sure if it’s just a dream or if it is a premonition. Dreaming about sickness and then passing away can make you very stressed. Dreams can often feel like reality which makes it all the worse if you dream that you have cancer. Quite often these dreams are vivid and you don’t forget them in the same way you forget other dreams. So many people die of cancer and there is no real cure, just hope that you will be in remission, so to dream about it will leave you feeling devastated. You might also make yourself wake up during such a dream. 

Dreaming About Visiting a Doctor

You might have a dream that you are visiting the doctor because you feel as if you may have cancer. If this dream repeats itself it is a good idea to actually go to the doctor if only to put your mind at ease. If there is something wrong, it is better to discover it sooner rather than later. 

Why Did You Have a Dream About Cancer?

Sigmund Freud, the famous dream psychologist believed that our dreams relate to what we have seen and done in our waking lives. He would say that your dream about cancer was related to something you read or heard and is sitting in your subconscious mind. However, not all psychologists agree with his interpretation. Others believe that if you have a dream about cancer it means that you are worried that either you or a friend or family member could become sick. Perhaps you know someone who smokes too much and is therefore at risk of lung cancer. 

What Can We Learn From a Dream About Cancer?

Of course, a dream about cancer can give us that push to see a doctor for a full check-up. The dream can also mean that you need to relax a little and spend time with the people you love and care for. Who knows how long they will be with you. 

Dreaming That You Have Breast Cancer

Dreaming that you have breast cancer can be a worrying dream. Most women are terrified of getting this disease. However, the dream is more associated with how you mix with other people in your life. Perhaps you are making it difficult for people to connect with you. 

This dream doesn’t mean you are going to get breast cancer. It suggests that you consider your feminine side more. Get a new hairstyle, go for a manicure, buy some new clothes. Perhaps you have been stuck in a rut and it’s now time to get out of it. Maybe take a class that will make you feel empowered.

Dreaming of Being Cured of Cancer

It is a good sign if you have a dream where you are cured of cancer. Something positive is going to happen in your waking life. Maybe you’ll get a raise. Perhaps you are going to be able to sort out a problem that has bugged you for years. Whatever it is, you are going to be happy.

Dreaming About Having Treatment for Cancer

This is also a positive dream to have. You might dream that you are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy. In either case, something good is going to happen.  There may be changes in your life that are for the good. You may move to a nicer neighborhood. You might get married. You may get a promotion. If there has been any sort of problem in your life, it is going to be solved. 

If you dream that you are having a tumor removed by an operation, you are going to start afresh with new goals. Perhaps something or someone needs to be removed from your life. 

Alternatively, dreaming about having cancer treatment can indicate that you are prepared to fight against anything or anybody who is negative in your life.

Dreaming of Someone Else Having Cancer

This dream means that you shouldn’t take life for granted. We are only here for a short time and we should make the most of every day. 

Dreaming of Someone You Know Having Cancer

If you have a dream in which a friend or family member has cancer, it means that you need to stay positive. Look for the best in every situation.

If you are very worried about this person, maybe it’s time to give them a call. Perhaps you have fallen out with them and the dream is telling you that it’s time to make up. You could be feeling guilty about the argument and this dream has been brought up by your feelings. Maybe it’s time to apologize.

Dreaming About the Zodiac Sign of Cancer

If you have a dream about the zodiac sign of Cancer, it can mean that you are both powerful and influential. You also like to hold onto things, be it people or objects. 

Alternatively, the dream can indicate that you are a sensitive person, emotional, and very connected to your family.

Dreaming That People are Dying of Cancer

To have a dream where you see lots of people dying of cancer means that you are worried about becoming ill. Perhaps cancer is hereditary in your family and you are concerned about getting the illness. However, you could just be generally worried about getting any disease, not cancer in particular. You could simply be concerned that you might get the flu. 

To see people you know getting cancer means that you could be heading towards depression. Alternatively, it could mean that you’re not willing to accept other people’s opinions. It is time you were more open to the ideas of others.

Dreaming About Stomach Cancer

In ancient dream books, dreaming about stomach cancer suggests that you have problems with your family. However, the dream can also mean that you should watch what you’re eating. Perhaps you’re eating too much fast food. Maybe you’re drinking too many sugary drinks. Perhaps you’re overweight. Now is the time to study your diet and see if you can make any changes.

Dreaming About Brain Cancer

To dream about brain cancer can mean that you have thoughts that are taking over your life. Usually, these thoughts are bad so you need to get rid of them. You will need to look within yourself to do this. Perhaps you are jealous of someone else and it is consuming your life. Maybe you feel as if you have been wronged and you want to get back at the person concerned. However, just remember that two wrongs don’t make a right.

In ancient dream books, to dream that you have a brain tumor means that you are concerned about your health. It doesn’t necessarily have to be cancer that you are afraid of.

Dreaming About Colon or Bowel Cancer

Ancient dream dictionaries suggest that if you dream about having cancer somewhere in the digestive area, you can’t get rid of negative thoughts. Perhaps you are feeling negative about yourself. You can’t seem to motivate yourself to do anything productive. Maybe you are feeling negative about other people. Perhaps someone you trust has let you down. 

Alternatively, dreaming about bowel or colon cancer can mean that you hide your emotions and nobody sees the real you. You let your thoughts build up until you are at bursting point. It’s about time that you tried to be more honest with other people.

Dreaming That Family Members Have Cancer

If you dream that a family member has cancer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is going to get cancer. It could simply mean that they are going through a difficult time and might need help and support. On the other hand, they may have negative thoughts and you are worried about them. Try to be there for them.

Dreaming About Cervical Cancer

If you dream about cervical cancer, it could be that someone has tried to persuade you to become pregnant at some point in your life. Maybe you didn’t want to have a baby and resent the person who tried to change your life so drastically. Maybe you did become pregnant but resented it as your career is the most important thing in your life.

Alternatively, this dream could mean that you are worried about your body. Perhaps you would like to be skinny. Maybe you want to get rid of your acne. Perhaps you want to be fitter.

Dreaming That You Offer a Packet of Cigarettes to Your Mother Who Died of Cancer

This dream could be associated with guilt. Why weren’t you able to help your mother give up smoking? You feel loss and despair as well as being exhausted and grief-struck. You mustn’t blame yourself. You did the best you could but ultimately it was up to your mother if she smoked or not.

Dreaming About Cancer and Smoking

If you smoke, don’t be surprised to have a dream that you are sick with lung cancer. Perhaps you feel inside that you want to stop smoking, but you haven’t got the willpower. You could be worried about your health in general. Smoking can lead to other illnesses such as heart disease and blood clots. The dream is telling you that you need to concentrate on choosing better lifestyle choices. Stop smoking. Eat healthier. Exercise more. This should help to stop the anxiety you are feeling.

Dreaming About Having Tumors 

Ancient dream books state that if you dream that you have cancer tumors you are feeling sadness, self-pity, and hopelessness. You feel that you must overcome problems, but are having difficulty doing so. However, the dream can also mean that you are slowly mending parts of your life that need to be healed. 

Dreaming about tumors in different parts of the body have different meanings. To dream that you have a tumor somewhere in your digestive tract, for example, can mean that you aren’t eating a healthy diet.

Dreaming About Skin Cancer

Dreaming about skin cancer can mean that you’re not looking after yourself properly. Perhaps you are going out without sunblock in the midday sun. Alternatively, to dream about having skin cancer can mean that you are being treated differently. Perhaps you’re not getting the respect you feel you deserve at work.

Dreaming About Throat and Mouth Cancer

To dream about either throat or mouth cancer means that you are not communicating your thoughts and feelings at all well. You feel as if you have problems with friends and aren’t able to express yourself clearly. Perhaps you need to sit down and think about how you can do this. You don’t want to lose friends just because you can’t communicate properly.

Dreaming About Liver Cancer

It is rare to dream that you have liver cancer. As you probably know, the liver filters out residues from our bodies. Perhaps there is something or somebody you need to remove from your waking life. 

Sigmund Freud believed that if you dreamed of liver cancer, it means that you have toxic relationships and other negative influences in your life.

Dreaming That Your Family is Affected by Cancer 

If you dream that a few of your family members are affected by cancer at the same time, it can mean that you are struggling with life. Perhaps you are finding it hard to keep up with pressure at work. Alternatively, it can mean that you should care more about the people in your dream. You don’t know how long you will have them so make the most of them while you can.

Dreaming About Lung Cancer

You don’t have to smoke to have a dream about lung cancer. It can also be a reflection of how much pollution is in the air. Perhaps you are fed up with city life and feel that you would be better off in the country. However, if you do smoke, now might be a good time to cut down and eventually stop.

Dreaming About Leukemia or Blood Cancer

This dream means that you don’t have much energy or vitality. Perhaps you should change your diet or take more exercise. Alternatively, if you are diagnosed with leukemia in your dream you are trying to defend yourself against outside forces. Perhaps people are putting you down. It’s time to stand up for yourself. 

Dreaming About Someone Close Dying of Cancer

If you have a dream where someone you are close to dies of cancer, it can reflect that you are scared of losing someone. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the person in the dream. To dream of a family member dying of cancer can also suggest that you are worried about the relationship you have with that person. Perhaps you have been arguing a lot recently. The dream is a wake-up call. Life’s too short to hold grudges so make up with that person.

If you dream that you are able to cure this person’s cancer, you are doing all in your power to take care of yourself and the people you are close to.

There are Positive Changes If;

It is always a good sign to dream that you or a loved one has been cured of cancer. To dream that a friend or a family member has cancer can encourage you to spend more time with that person. Perhaps you have been too self-absorbed of late. The person may not have cancer in real life, but they still need your concern and interaction.

Dream Scenarios Relating to Cancer

  • Looking for a healthy balance between work and play
  • Caring for others
  • Romantic relationships
  • Family and friends
  • Caring for others

Feelings You Have Had After a Dream About Cancer

Scared, devastated, uncertain, loving, nurturing, caring.

In Your Dream, This Might Have Happened

  • You got cancer
  • Knew someone who had cancer
  • Seen someone so sick that they could easily have gone through chemotherapy
  • Met someone who had cancer in waking life
  • Spoke to someone who had cancer
  • Met a friend or family member who had cancer in the dream but not in real life
  • Been scared of getting cancer
  • Recovered from cancer
  • Tried to cure cancer

Can A Dream Warn You About Cancer?

Dreams of having cancer are unlikely to point to having cancer in waking life, as many interpretations are more relevant. 

A dream where you have cancer is your subconscious revealing that something is eating away at you, just as cancer attacks the cells in your body. 

This could be a stressful event or time in your life or a feeling that time is short, and you don’t have any spare minutes in the day. 

If this dream stays with you, and you do feel worried, there is no harm in getting yourself checked out. It will put your mind at ease if nothing else. 

What Is The Biblical Meaning Of Cancer In A Dream?

The Biblical interpretation of having cancer in a dream is that you feel something has completely taken over your life, to the point where it shadows every thought you have. This can be positive or negative.

Dreams of cancer usually represent loss, despair, and imbalance. It’s a good idea to look at the state of your life after a dream like this, and see what you can adjust. 

What Does It Mean When You Dream You Are Dying Of Cancer?

A dream where you die of cancer reveals a significant period of transformation in waking life. This transition will be rocky, to say the least, but it will end up being for the better. 

You’ll discover a great deal about yourself, and get a clearer picture of what drives you, what your limits are, and how you might push them further. 

In many dreams, death is a symbol of great change, and it can only occur when something else ‘dies’ in waking life.

What Is The Breast Cancer Dream Meaning?

Dreaming of having breast cancer draws your attention to your relationships, how you interact with others, and how you expect to be treated in return. 

Cancer in this dream refers to a ‘rot’ in an aspect of your social life. Maybe there’s a complete breakdown in a certain relationship. There might be a huge gap between how you want to be treated and how you treat other people. 

A dream like this can draw your focus towards a behavior or thought process that is stopping you from forming meaningful connections with people. Maybe you avoid getting too close to people because you don’t like feeling vulnerable, or risk being hurt.

What Does It Mean To Dream About A Parent Having Cancer?

Dreaming of a parent having cancer denotes that you should cultivate a more positive outlook on life in general. 

Your subconscious is telling you that you’re missing out on big opportunities because you’re not daring to dream a little.

If you wake up, and you feel scared for your mom or your dad, it’s worth reaching out to them. Especially if you’ve argued recently, as a dream like this urges you to cultivate a better relationship with them.

What Does It Mean To Dream Of Having Cancer And Losing Hair?

Dreaming of being treated for cancer and your hair falling out suggests that while things aren’t exactly going perfectly in waking life, you have a plan to get out of the scrape you’re currently in.

It also denotes your resilience when you are under pressure. Things aren’t going well, but you have enough support, belief in yourself, and trust in the universe that things will work out for the best.

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Getting Cancer?

A dream where someone else gets cancer implies that you should make the most of every day. You already know the end – we all do – so you might as well enjoy life. 

What Does It Mean If You Dream Of Having Leukemia?

Dreaming of having leukemia means that you are having problems with your energy levels, motivation, or spiritual path.

Depending on the context, these dreams can also point to troubles in your work life.

What Does It Mean To Dream About Having A Tumor?

Dreaming of having a tumor reflects despair, wasted efforts or time, and feeling unforgiven or depressed. Consider the part of the body you had the tumor in, as this also affects the meaning. 


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