Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CANCER

You have cured me of a cancer that four other cancer doctors told me I never could be cured of.

Even if there were a cancer cure that is only a part of the problem.

In 1857 he was attacked by cancer, and died peaceably on the 5th of September of that year.

Let him say what he likes when Conrad talks about cancer, he knows Death's hand is over him.

Diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer of the stomach, tumor of the brain.

The cancer of autocracy is eating into the vitals of Austria.

The physician then informed him of the many men and women who have died of cancer.

Aëtius differentiates phagedenic and rodent ulcers and cancer.

With regard to cancer, he quotes from Archigenes and Leonides.

For instance, in his discussion of cancer he says that there are two forms of the affection.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cancer "spreading sore, cancer" (also canceradl), from Latin cancer "a crab," later, "malignant tumor," from Greek karkinos, which, like the Modern English word, has three meanings: crab, tumor, and the zodiac constellation (late Old English), from PIE root *qarq- "to be hard" (like the shell of a crab); cf. Sanskrit karkatah "crab," karkarah "hard;" and perhaps cognate with PIE root *qar-tu- "hard, strong," source of English hard.

Greek physicians Hippocrates and Galen, among others, noted similarity of crabs to some tumors with swollen veins. Meaning "person born under the zodiac sign of Cancer" is from 1894. The sun being in Cancer at the summer solstice, the constellation had association in Latin writers with the south and with summer heat. Cancer stick "cigarette" is from 1959.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.