Chemo Jokes


What’s so funny about cancer?

“Not one damn thing, really,” says Kate Matthews, a breast cancer survivor and cartoonist, “but whenever I need to feel lifted away from the fear, horror and pain of breast cancer, humor is the first place I turn.”

I got to know Kate through MyBreastCancerTeam, a social network specifically for women facing breast cancer. Through the network, she shares cartoons that reflect life through the lens of someone who’s made it to the other side of breast cancer, yet is still living with the fear of recurrence.

People ask, ‘How can you possibly joke about this?’ My answer is that the more severe the cancer, the more you need to joke about it. After my diagnosis, and before my surgery, I was in a bad place mentally, dealing with wigs, hair loss, and chemo… all the stuff that might happen. I had started journaling, but when I re-read what I wrote, it seemed so dark, bitter and toxic.

That’s when she drew her first cartoon of a woman seated in a chair at a wig shop.

Her humor is not lost among the 2,300 women facing breast cancer on MyBreastCancerTeam, where she frequently shares her cartoons. She envisions a ‘humor for cancer’ movement that helps make patients laugh. Just laugh.

For Kate and many of those impacted by breast cancer, modesty falls by the wayside, so it’s rare that anything offends her. Yet she recognizes this isn’t the case for everyone, all the time.

From: Finding Humour Through Cancer (

MORE Links:

  1. This is a Pinterest Collection I (Soumitri) have made.
  2. Chemo Humour: Erin’s Blog Here.