Funny Books for Cancer Patients

Have you ever heard the quote, “Laughter is the best medicine?”



This is true even in cancer patients, and studies have shown that laughter can not only relieve stress and anxiety but also boost the immune system of cancer patients. Just like any other person, cancer patients need laughter, many times even more than us.


However, sometimes our jokes and funny stories just don’t make the cut of making a cancer patient laugh. That’s okay because there are funny books for cancer patients that are sure to keep them cracking up. If you want to lighten the mood, consider reading and purchasing one of these funny books for cancer patients.


They will feel great, and you will always be remembered for your unique gift that lightened their mood and brightened their days.

Dive right into a comic book memoir where Miriam Engelberg invites you into her life of thoughts and humor. Engelberg was 43 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and sheds light on her experiences through humor and comics in this book. Using cartooning to cope, you will witness her complete story from diagnosis to surgery and everything in between. This is a good read for cancer patients who enjoy a comic and a good laugh.

Honey Badger Coloring is at it again with a new swear word adult coloring book, this time specifically for cancer patients and survivors. With coloring books like “Mama Needs A Mother F*cking Nap” and “Eat A Bag Of D*cks,” they know a thing or two about adult needs. If you know someone who has or had cancer who also enjoys a little bit of coloring every now and then, this is the perfect gift to give them.

This heartfelt memoir by Nora McInerny Purmort tells the story of the life and love she shared with her husband Aaron. This heartfelt yet hilarious memoir will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. But most of all, this story of mortality and resilience makes a clear point on how to live life to the fullest, and how to “keep going when life kicks you in the junk.”

This comical collection of thoughts is not only humorous but uplifting in more ways you could imagine. And better yet, one hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to cancer research. Laughter really is the best medicine, and this book serves as the perfect reminder to stay strong and stay happy, even in the darkest of times.

The book has a whole lot of everything as Kris Carr gives you her advice and first-hand experience in having cancer. Read her story and view her pictures of her and her cancer posse as this actress, photographer, and now author tells you her personal stories, revelations and more. This book offers a wealth of knowledge and insight, and is a handy tool for every newly diagnosed woman.

A prime example of the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” this humorous book fully supports that theory. With stories by Steve Butterman and illustrations by Adam Frizzell, this collection of hilarious stories of cancer will have you feeling normal in a world where many can’t even say the dreaded “C” word. Cancer is a serious thing, and this book reminds us that it’s okay to smile and even laugh at the stories and jokes that this book contains.

For cancer patients and survivors who enjoy a good graphic novel, this is a great one. Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the true story of her own experience with breast cancer, starting with the moment she found a lump in her breast. That didn’t stop her from telling her story through comical drawings and real-life stories that showed every step of the way from diagnosis to cure.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, barely survived, or a caregiver to either, this book by Janet Sheppard Kelleher is the perfect gift for your loved one. Read as Janet takes you through her direct cancer experiences in these 7 very humorous stories about breast cancer. This is an extremely optimistic book that gives new meaning to “Kicking Breast Cancer’s Butt!”

Meet Adam Blain, family man and lawyer. At 44 years old, his oncologist wife discovers and diagnoses him with brain cancer. But that doesn’t stop this man’s will and energy to have a good laugh and experience all humor has to offer through his journey. This story shows that even in the worst of times, you can keep on keeping on and seize every moment you have, because at any moment it just might be your last.

About the Author

When my best friend was diagnosed with Cancer, I wanted to give her a care package to let her know I was thinking of her. I was just guessing at what to include and I learned a lot about what can be both useful and meaningful to someone walking their cancer journey. My own frustration led me to start Help Them Fight to create a resource for others going through the same situation.