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13th May '16 4:37:48 PM ReconditeTiercel
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* In ''Film/BriansSong'', the title character dies from lung cancer, the first symptom of which is an IncurableCoughOfDeath that he at first attributes to hay fever or allergies.

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* In ''Film/BriansSong'', the title character dies from lung cancer, testicular cancer which has spread to his lungs, the first symptom of which is an IncurableCoughOfDeath that he at first attributes to hay fever or allergies.
13th Mar '16 5:19:04 PM ading
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' had an arc in which Archer gets cancer. This was the ''only'' time in the series that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Archer actually took the danger he was in seriously and seemed legitimately worried that he was going to die.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' had an arc in which Archer gets got cancer. This was the ''only'' time in the series that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Archer actually took the danger he was in seriously and seemed legitimately worried that he was going to die.]]
13th Mar '16 5:18:48 PM ading
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' had an arc in which Archer gets cancer. This was the ''only'' time in the series that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Archer actually took the danger he was in seriously and seemed legitimately worried that he was going to die.]]
27th Feb '16 9:27:35 AM InsomniacWeasel
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** The same race also spreads their "Creep", a sort of "rag" of organic matter from which they evolve structures, using "Creep Tumors". In HeartOfTheSwarm, Kerrigen even gets an upgrade for it called "Malignant Creep", which makes it spreads faster and further and Zerg units on it stronger.
7th Feb '16 1:34:59 PM InsomniacWeasel
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* {{That Dragon, Cancer}} is pretty much the game of the trope.
17th Dec '15 7:51:48 PM Jacob175
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* Used for karmic justice (and the compulsory BodyHorror) in ''Manga/FrankenFran'' - a rich villain hires Fran to extend her life and tries to get her killed to steal her research (fortunately, Fran is AmbiguouslyUndead and can live through decapitation). Fran returns to the villain's mansion and finds her ShowingOffTheNewBody - the experimental formula allowed her telomeres to regenerate indefinitely, making her cells immortal... Just as the first side effects start to appear, Fran calmly explains that the only cells not programmed to die of old age are cancer cells. She then walks away, leaving her client "immortal" - as a gibbering pile of semi-liquid flesh.

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* Used for karmic justice (and the compulsory BodyHorror) in ''Manga/FrankenFran'' - a rich villain hires Fran to extend her life and tries to get her killed to steal her research (fortunately, Fran is AmbiguouslyUndead ambiguously undead and can live through decapitation). Fran returns to the villain's mansion and finds her ShowingOffTheNewBody - the experimental formula allowed her telomeres to regenerate indefinitely, making her cells immortal... Just as the first side effects start to appear, Fran calmly explains that the only cells not programmed to die of old age are cancer cells. She then walks away, leaving her client "immortal" - as a gibbering pile of semi-liquid flesh.



* The comic perhaps most well-known for this has to be ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean''. When it first showed up, it was a serious topic, but ended on a hopeful note as Lisa overcame it and resumed her life. Then it came back and she died, and from then on, cancer and the pain it causes has a lingering effect over the characters in the strip. At least one minor character in its sister strip, ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', has also died from it unceremoniously.



* In the sixth season of ''Kinpachi-sensei'' the titular teachers teenage son is put in a hospital for leukemia treatment. He is at first incredibly stressed over the thought he's dying but eventually loses the atittude [[TheDeterminator and refuses to give in]]. He gets better and makes a friend with a girl who has bone cancer.

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* In the sixth season of ''Kinpachi-sensei'' the titular teachers teenage son is put in a hospital for leukemia treatment. He is at first incredibly stressed over the thought he's dying but eventually loses the atittude attitude [[TheDeterminator and refuses to give in]]. He gets better and makes a friend with a girl who has bone cancer.



* By the time of ''MetalGearSolid4'', [[spoiler:Naomi Hunter]], a beloved character who's been with Snake (and the player) all the way since the first game doesn't just have cancer, she's [[spoiler: practically already biologically ''dead'' from cancer.]] It's so bad that ''mere seconds'' after she deactivates the nanomachines in her body fighting it, she dies.

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* By the time of ''MetalGearSolid4'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', [[spoiler:Naomi Hunter]], a beloved character who's been with Snake (and the player) all the way since the first game doesn't just have cancer, she's [[spoiler: practically already biologically ''dead'' from cancer.]] It's so bad that ''mere seconds'' after she deactivates the nanomachines in her body fighting it, she dies.
16th Dec '15 11:43:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* "HunchbackTheLurching", a fan gameline for the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'': As a drinking game, take a shot when the lump is described as "Cancerous", "Malignant" or "Tumorous". Just don't blame me when you lose your liver.

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* "HunchbackTheLurching", "TabletopGame/HunchbackTheLurching", a fan gameline for the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'': As a drinking game, take a shot when the lump is described as "Cancerous", "Malignant" or "Tumorous". Just don't blame me when you lose your liver.
15th Dec '15 8:13:23 PM Prfnoff
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* The creepy biological macguffin from ''{{Oni}}'', the Chrysalis, is repeatedly described as being like cancer.

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* The creepy biological macguffin MacGuffin from ''{{Oni}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'', the Chrysalis, is repeatedly described as being like cancer.
11th Dec '15 4:24:26 PM Prfnoff
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Not related to the [[Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat Topic of Capricorns]].
10th Dec '15 11:52:23 AM FF32
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* An early monologue by Bruce [=McCullough=] on ''TheKidsInTheHall'' had him apologizing to everyone for "causing all of that cancer". He says he did it because he "didn't realize it was such a horrifying disease" and he was "just on a roll".

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* An early monologue by Bruce [=McCullough=] on ''TheKidsInTheHall'' ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' had him apologizing to everyone for "causing all of that cancer". He says he did it because he "didn't realize it was such a horrifying disease" and he was "just on a roll".
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