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There are two major links with dreaming of cancer. The first is that many people meet cancer in their dream because it represents death. So the dream is a way of experiencing their fears about death.

The second is that cancer depicts parts of ones emotional or thinking character that are sick and/or unhealthy. With these dreams you need to consider what part of the body you dream has cancer, then understand it psychological meaning. See: body - Body Dreams - Dream Body - Body Images.

Example: Before I knew I was ill with cancer I dreamt that an angel came to me and explained that before we are born we are all angels and are without limitations. When we are born we take on a life of limitations in order to learn something important to us. Then when we die at the end of that life we return to being an angel. All the limitations of life then disappear again.

Example: Dear Tony, My beloved sister passed away last week of brain cancer after 7 struggling years. I haven’t dreamt of her, however my cousin dreamt of her the morning after her funeral. He dreamt – There was a bright calm meadow, with a small white cottage at the far distant end. My sister then appeared at the foreground of the meadow – appearing as she did before she was ill, and very happy and giddy giggling shyly and smiling to my cousin. She was beautiful and her smile was calm and beautiful to my cousin. My cousin said he felt happiness with her just like the familiar feeling he had with her as when they were kids together growing up. She appeared very happy. Just as he was about to take a photo of her and she posed for him with her smile, his alarm went off in his bedroom and so he suddenly woke up from the dream.

The remarkable thing about the alarm is that he works at home and so never sets the alarm to go off, but it did go off suddenly in his room.

The time on the alarm clock he saw was 8:28am. August 28 was her birthday.

Example: I am “alive” in this underground chamber with thousands of other people (hell is other people). But the girl and I take the chance to escape. Actually I am chasing her on a motorcycle, then I join her. But it is too late, I am nearly dead with cancer when they catch up with me (and let me go walking down the road). (I am afraid that I have cancer.) The dreamer never developed cancer.

In some dreams we see someone else with cancer, but to start with they need to be considered as representing a facet of yourself – such as your worrying anxious self; your sexual self; your business or streetwise self, etc. Dreams accurately predicting the future are very rare. So it is unlikely though not impossible that the person you dream has cancer actually has it or will get it.

Occasionally the dream is an expression of how we feel about other people’s – especially our mother’s – emotional influence on us. This influence might be eating away at our own sense of well being. Or in some cases we sense it in the social attitudes we live amidst that is likewise eating away at our own health and wholeness.

Occasionally it is an awareness of illness in part of ones body. If this is suspected get a good health check. See Example under Death.


Useful Questions and Hints:

Does this feel like a ‘fear of death’ dream? If so see death and dreams.

Am I becoming aware of attitudes or inner problems that are being shown in the dream as cancer – if so can I put into words what they are?

If I describe myself as the cancer in the dream, what do I say, and what do I understand from this?




-Ruby 2014-04-25 21:09:29

Dear Tony,
the only experience I have had with cancer was my great grandmother (died of Breast cancer) and also a good friend recently had a Breast cancer scare. In my dream I was diagnosed with leukaemia and was told that I was terminal – for some reason the dream wasn’t a sad dream, the feeling was calm and I had all my friends with me while I was trying to fight the cancer. At one point in the dream I was begging my cancer cells to go away so I could be happy and live a long time and I also tried to find any sort of medicine to help me. Another big part of my dream was telling me friends about the cancer – what was surprising about this was that my closest friends didn’t care but my other friends were more supportive. This dream has made me a bit emotional and I don’t know if it would have anything to do with my current health concerns (nothing major) but it’s always something on my mind


-JannelleP 2014-12-28 19:33:46

Hi. Just wanted to ask something,i dreamt about cancer just a couple of days ago and read your article and it’s true i do have a fear of death since i was 6. But something really weird in my dream is that the person who has a cancer (she have a big tumor in her head) is a little girl that i have never ever ever met before but i knew that she was a real girl because her image in my dream was so vivid and my mind can’t just make that such picture if it doesn’t really exist. After i dreamt about her,i dreamt about something else (same night) one thing led to another and another and another.My dream doesn’t make sense but i can never forget that girl whoever she is.


-Christina 2015-01-15 5:28:14

I was wondering if you have any insight into a dream I had last night. It has been nagging at me all day. In the dream I was at a gathering, it was a group of my husband’s friends. Two of his female friends walked up. As we all said hello to them, the first whispered that the second wasn’t feeling well. As I looked at the second woman I noticed her right arm was in a sling. She proceeded to show us a decaying mangled hand, arm and shoulder. (It was disgusting and the dream was very graphic and real) she told us that she had “flesh eating cancer” (I know this is not a thing) and that it had all started with a pain in her right breast. I have very real and vivid dreams several times a week, but there is something about this one. I feel like I need to tell her to go to the doctors… or something. I just know I’m not supposed to ignore this one. So here I am, asking you. Any interpretations? Thanks!


-Mariah 2015-02-11 14:05:10

I had such a crazy dream last night, I have to share and find out what it means. I was at church/hospital and there was a mom and little girl. The little girl had cancer and for whatever reason had to get a shot at the end of the day to pretty much end her life and relief her off her pain. I spent the entire day reading to this little girl and singing to her and watching movies until it was time. Now the dream gets really weird, so the mom and the daughter had to do this in a helicopter and idk why. So they’re up in the air and im with my entire family and we are sad because of the loss of the little girl. all of a sudden, we see the helicopter comes crashing down and everyone jumps in the lake in fear it will crash on them. Im in the water and look up to see the helicopter is heading straight for me. And as I hear my family freaking out it crashes into me and then I wake up. What in the world does this mean? It will be driving me crazy.


-Kayleigh 2015-03-09 8:34:02

Hi, I wonder if u can me. I had a dream last night that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was soo real, I had to get my 2 breast off and was told I was in stage 13 and if u got them off I would be ok. I know their isn’t such thing as stage 13 tho.
what does this mean ?


-Ailyn 2015-04-17 15:45:03

I read your article and I can relate. But I dreamt about this yesterday me and my dad don’t have a strong relationship like we used to but I love him no matter what and he doesn’t understand me sadly. So this dream I had my mom came to me in the kitchen telling me she wanted to tell me something important about my dad and me repeatedly saying what is it? So I go to my dad and he tells me he has leukimia a type of cancer and that he started to take medications… But he had said he is going to die soon… I couldn’t take it in my dream I was so sad and I couldn’t stop crying. What does this exactly mean? Please reply


-Carey 2015-10-06 7:58:49

Dear Tony,
I had the most disturbing dream a few nights ago about my wife disappearing one day. I looked for her for a year with no sign of her. I knew she was out there and I couldn’t stop trying to find her. After many many months, I spotted her in a crowded place and she looked very thin, with long brown wavy hair (she is blonde). She tried to leave but I caught up with her and was so happy to see her and so angry at the same time. I angrily questioned her for why she left me with no warning. She then pulled off her long brown wig to reveal very short hair regrowth. With tears in her eyes, she began to tell me over and over again that it is okay now, and she is getting better. It was like she didn’t think I could handle her being so sick. I was so upset to think this and she had to go through something like that alone.
My wife woke me up because I was crying in my sleep. It was so vivid and realistic, that i held her and cried for over an hour. Please help me understand this dream. It has haunted me for days.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-10-06 8:51:10

    Dear Carey – It is good to release your tears for it helps you to re-connect on a deeper level with your anima, your INNER female and of course your wife too.
    The anima is the female within the male, shown as a woman in a man’s dream. Physically a man is predominantly male, but also has nipples and produces some female hormones. Psychologically, we may only express part of our potential in everyday life. In a man, the more feeling and caring side may be given less expression. Apart from this some functions, such as intuition and unconscious creativity may also be held in latency. These secondary or latent characteristics are depicted by the female in male dreams. The femaleness or maleness must not be confused with personality. The conscious personality is a very flexible and shapeshifting thing. It can be male or female in quality no matter what the body gender. But in dreams, the female is the receptive, creative aspect of this shapeshifting personality.
    Please continue reading at http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-anima-jungs-view-of-the-female-in-the-male/
    The way I see your dream is that you did not have a real connection with your inner female and so with what she symbolises, which made her disappear in your dream.
    Then your dream expresses that part of your thoughts and with that your emotions was making you feel sick.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/news/avoiding-being-my-own-victim/
    Perhaps that is also the reason why you broke the connection with your inner female; to protect yourself? Perhaps you learned to do that because you felt abused in the past; emotionally or in any other way?
    It is like disconnecting your head (thinking) from your body (feeling) and when you do that you “live in your head”, experiencing life intellectually, not emotionally.
    I wonder if your inner female was healed because of the loving and caring relationship you have with your wife and if you did any form of psychotherapy.
    Your dream does express that you do care now, that you can feel AND express it; “With tears in her eyes, she began to tell me over and over again that it is okay now, and she is getting better. It was like she didn’t think I could handle her being so sick. I was so upset to think this and she had to go through something like that alone.”
    A beautiful, touching Dream dear Carey.
    If you feel like exploring it for yourself, you can use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    Anna :-)


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