Cancer Cartoons

Cancer Support Group

Cartoon by Robert & Donna Trussell © 2010

Cancer Can Be Managed

Cartoon by Robert & Donna Trussell © 2011

Put Cancer Behind You

Cartoon by Robert & Donna Trussell © 2010

Chemotherapy! Oy Vey!

Cartoon by Robert & Donna Trussell © 2011

When Does the Good Part of Cancer Begin?

Cartoon by Robert & Donna Trussell © 2010

Kick Cancer’s Ass

Cartoon by Robert & Donna Trussell © 2009

17 Responses to Cancer Cartoons

  1. Wonderful cartoons, Donna. Great to be able to laugh, and humor is healing. I’m a cancer survivor too and an extremely lucky one…more than 13 years, and I seldom think of myself that way now. Donna also.

  2. Sue Cross says:

    These are wonderful cartoons, Donna. I will definitely share them with my folks. My mom is a breast cancer survivor of 2 years now. My dad is in the midst of chemo and radiation for inoperable colon cancer. Thinking he was going to be the exception, his reaction has come hard and fast. As soon as he’s done I’ll share them with him.

    What an honest site. I’m so glad to have found it.

  3. Rebecca Katz says:

    Thank you Lori Hope! This book couldn’t have been published soon enough. It’s a great read, and a great reference guide for all of us dealing with cancer. “Help Me Live,” is a tool box brimming with words of compassion wisdom and straight forward advice. I wish I had this guide to help me in the past. However, I’m grateful that this heartfelt book will serve me well, now and in the future.

  4. kate says:

    Just stumbled on these cartoons by accident and they made me giggle. Then I started looking around the site and realised I was in a very special place indeed. I’m getting over my breast cancer treatment and starting to get my head around all the stuff that’s happened to me in the last 18 months so will pour myself a beer and spend the evening here. Thanks Donna, sending love & thoughts x

  5. huang ji says:

    hi! i’m from shanghai, China. you have created great cartoons. can you tell me what is the meaning of the sentences in the sixth cartoon?

    they are:

    Bernard has web-surfed, visualized and talk-sessioned.


    • Thank you for your kind words. The sentence means the cancer patient (Bernard) has researched cancer on the Internet, and has consulted counselors and support groups, has stocked up on vitamins and signed up for yoga, and he’s ready to fight cancer with everything he’s got. Just one problem: Cancer doesn’t care how hard you fight. It’s a mean disease. Some people, even with the best attitude and the best doctors in the world, don’t make it. It’s not the fault of the patient. Cancer has no cure. Just treatments, which are effective to greater or lesser degrees.

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  7. I really do appreciate these cartoons. They are dead on and could only have been written by a cancer patient. I hope you don’t mind that I’ve put a link from my blog to this page, to provide an example of creative works about cancer.

    I am working on a project called “Ultra Sounds: A Form for the Creative Exploration of the Cancer story”. This book will be a wide-ranging anthology of creative works by anyone touched by cancer be they patient, family member, health care provider, caregiver, medical technician or hospital maintenance worker.

    We are inviting both written entries and art work. I would love to see some excellent cartoons in the book. Please do consider submitting and spreading the word about the project. The address below will take you to the blog where you will find the call for submissions.

    We are a volunteer team and the proceeds of the sales of the book will go to Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where I have been a hematology patient for the last 11 years.

    Thank you and keep on cartooning!

    Samantha Albert

  8. shelley donoughe says:

    Thank you for the honesty here… I cringe every time someone says “keep a positive attitude.. that is the key” …. everyone I have known with cancer HAD that positive attitude and sadly they did not survive.. everyone is a fighter but sometimes they are outmatched.

  9. Nicole says:

    Prayers For Baby Londyn – Neuroblastoma Cancer – Stage 4

    This happy couple Shelby and Dara got married May 24, 2009. They were enjoying life and it was great. The following year they were so excited to find out they were having their first baby…

  10. pasang says:

    hi donna you have created a b’tiul cartoon..great job

  11. Hi Donna,
    These are terrific!!! I was looking for cartoons to include in my blog post tonight and I found these on Google. I googled “trussel” to see if I could find the amazing cartoonist — and I came to your blog. Wonderful!
    I hope you don’t mind if I include a couple in my post if I credit you and link back to your blog? My post needs some accurate cancer humor!
    If it’s a problem, just let me know and I will pull them.
    Thanks so much and best wishes to you!

  12. Fantastic. Laughter is such good medicine. I will share these with my family, as my mom is a 5 year breast cancer survivor who loves a good chuckle, and my husband has outlived two cancer journeys. I recently wrote and posted a poem in honor of breast cancer patients, so this is dear to my heart. Prayers for you and all those wrestling with cancer currently

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