A cancer dream could be a symbol for any debilitating illness such as arthritis or even simply old age. Cancer dreams can be triggered by any of the following feelings.

1. HOPELESSNESS Someone suffering from cancer may feel a deep sense of hopelessness. Think of a situation where you feel hopeless. The cancer may be a symbol for these deep fingseel. Your dream is saying "I feel as hopeless as someone suffering from cancer."
2. REAL LIFE CANCER Have you been thinking about someone with cancer? If so this maybe a literal symbol and your dream is linked to these thoughts.
3. FUNDEMENTAL FLAW Is there a fundemental flaw in your life? Is your life just not satisfying you? A cancer dream maybe a metaphor for this deep unhappiness.
5. CHRONIC ILLNESS Do you have a different long term illness? People who suffer arthritis may get cancer dreams. The dream is about the arthritis. The dream is saying "this arthritis is like cancer."
6. TRUE FEELINGS Some cancer dreams may be a test of your feelings. If you had a dream about someone you love suffering from cancer then the dream maybe just a vehicle for you to express that love. You are saying "if he had cancer then I would be deeply upset"
7. DEPRESSED If you suffer serious depression then you may get a cancer dream. The cancer is a symbol for this depression that is eating away at you.
8. ECONOMIC RECESSION If you have been thinking about economic problems then your dream maybe a metaphor for this problem eating away at your life.

The associations listed above are all based upon studies of real "CANCER" dreams. They are based upon the example dreams listed at the bottom of this page.

Cancer maybe symbolic of some fundamental flaw or problem. Try to think what that could represent in real life. Were you thinking of some fundamental problem yesterday? Has someone got a fundamental problem that is eating away at them? Have you been thinking about some organisation that has got some fundamental weakness?

A cancer dream can also represent your emotions towards someone. For instance, if you have a dream about someone having cancer it could be your dreams excuse to show them just how much you love them. Its a way of saying that you would be upset IF they had cancer.

If you have cancer in a dream it could be linked to some deep thinking about relationships. If someone you care about is sat around doing nothing in your dream (whilst you have cancer) then that could be your dreams way of saying that you doubt their feelings towards you. You do not think that they will handle a crisis and stand by you when the going gets tough.

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "Its eating away at me"
- "a fundamental flaw in the way I live my life"
- "There is no hope"
- "destroying and restricting me slowly"
- "That would increase my risks of getting cancer"
- "how would he feel if I had cancer? (finding out someone's true feelings)"
- "My friend has had cancer and..."

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Have you been worried about cancer recently or has someone you know actually got cancer?
- Is there some fundamental problem with your life - some relationship or situation that is slowly eating away at you?


Example dream : A cancerous smoke dream was caused by the dreamers thoughts about the economic crisis. The cancer was symbolic of the deep and fundamental problems which the dreamer felt the world economy was suffering from (it was cancerous). The previous day the dreamer had been speaking to a woman who was talking as if the banking crisis was over. The dreamer felt that the problems had only just begun. The dreams meaning therefore dealt with this theme of "fundemental problems" and touched on this thought which was dominating the dreamers mind the day before "I was talking to this lady yesterday and she felt that the economic crisis was over. But I believe that the problems are fundemental and deep seated."
Example dream : Cancer in a dream linked to the dreamers own depressive state of mind. He was like the children in the dream, losing hope and depressed. The dream also linked to the dreamer meeting someone the day before who had previously inspired him. However, this chance meeting did not inspire the dreamer any more. The dream seems to have tapped into these emotions "I bumped into someone who used to inspire me and who used to lift me out of depression. That is not the case any more. Now I just feel depressed even more."
Example dream : Cancer in a dream symbolised the fundamental problems in the dreamers marriage. The dreamer was starting to realise this the night before.
Example dream : A cancer dream was related to a huge argument the day before. The dreamers friend had lost his temper and stormed off. This was quite scary to the dreamer but he understood that his friend had deep problems and was being treated for anger management problems. There was a 'cancer' within him which had caused this argument. On the other hand maybe the cancer was a symbol of "someone deserving of sympathy" as any cancer sufferer is deserving of sympathy. In that way the dream hints at the following feeling "We got into a huge argument and I do not want to bump into him again. But I know he deserves sympathy as he finds it difficult to control his temper."
Example dream : Having cancer whilst her boyfriend was doing nothing to help was symbolic of the dreamers doubts about her boyfriends sincerity. Having cancer represented the dreamers asking the question "What would my boyfriend do if I had something like cancer. Does he really care about me".
Example dream : A dream where demons try to kill the dreamers brother with cancer was caused by powers of the immigration authorities and persistent worries that the dreamers husband would be deported.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer was suffering cancer linked to his other illnesses which were destroying his life and which he was finding impossible to overcome.
Example dream : A dream about cancer took place the day after the dreamer had been suffering chronic pain in his leg. In the dream the dreamer learns to accept his fate. In real life the dreamer had been pain free for a few weeks and it was upsetting that it returned. The cancer was an obvious metaphor for this persistent foot problem. The dreams meaning linked to this thought "Oh I thought I had got rid of this pain but it has come back. I am going to have to live with that again."
Example dream : Cancer in a dream was linked to the dreamer thinking about a friend who was due to get married very young (this friend seemed very depressed). The cancer symbolised her friends depressive mood.
Example dream : A dream with cancer in linked to the dreamers current emotional state and her thoughts about an astrology chart. Her astrology chart was analysed and she was told things that were not that positive. This may have set the dreamers mind racing and in the absence of any real knowledge we fill it with extremes. The cancer in the dream probably caught this exact feeling "I am very depressed and recently had my astrology chart read. I was told things do not look good. May be I have got something bad about to happen like getting cancer."
Example dream : A cancer growth dream took place as the dreamer was worried about her mental health. She was seriously ill with depression and feared she need taking into hospital. But she hated the thought of losing control over her life and having decisions imposed upon her. Cancer in the dream ould be translated into the phrase "a serious illness which needs treating" which was central to this wider thought "I need treating for depression but fear I might get taken into hospital. I would lose control and power over my own life."
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer is told that 'nothing can be done' linked to him feeling very depressed the day before. He had tried to make new friends but his illness was holding him back. He was feeling a real sense of hopelessness.
Example dream : A cancer dream linked to the dreamer quitting smoking. This was reducing his chances of getting cancer.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer was shedding tears for cancer linked to her fathers sister dying from cancer. The dream was symbolic of her thoughts about how to deal with this. When her mothers sister died of cancer no one talked about their feelings. She was hoping that people would be able to express their feelings this time.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer feels her friends pain as she died with cancer linked to her mourning this death from cancer. So the cancer represented her thoughts about someone who had died of cancer.

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