The Cancer that Died of Laughter

January 29, 2019


With a mere 5% chance of recovery from cancer, Eyal Eltawil’s struggle to survive includes the use of comedy.

Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of 31 and with metastases in his body, Eyal Eltawil was given a mere 5% chance of recovery.

Eyal decided to look at his cancer from a humoristic point of view and find laughter in the process. The topic of his life’s story was not one he chose, but he did make the choice to create “stand-up comedy” while he struggled to survive.

Using a humoristic perspective during the entire process, he turned the C word (Cancer) into one relating to Comedy. This, was Eyal’s way of dealing with his illness and enabling recovery.

3 years after his full recovery, he was told that there was a fair chance the cancer had returned. Despite the harsh news, and while waiting anxiously for the lab results, he decided to laugh again and relates his experience in a book.

The stand-up comedy kept working and the recovery was there to stay!



Offering inspiration and encouragement for people facing serious health issues.

Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews

The Cancer that Died of Laughter stands as a memorable memoir wherein the author captures the emotional roller-coaster ride of his fears, frustrations, joy and laughter. It illustrates how, in spite of the harshest conditions, difficult treatment and suffering, hope and the will to survive as well as the human spirit still shine through.

The mixture of retrospective musings and the use of vivid and humorous language as the book unfolds before the reader’s eyes makes for a powerful read. And although at times heartbreaking, Eltawil’s voice effectively takes his readers on a journey that connects his emotions to that of his readers provoking them to continue reading and to wonder about the narrator well after the book is put to rest. In the end we are left with a story that reminds us that sometimes remembering is the bravest, and laughter is indeed the best medicine for the soul.

 No matter what your situation is today, this book will put you on the right path to better things. I’ve been around the block a few times myself and even I found this read to be very insightful. The overall tone was simply imparting knowledge, personal experience and wisdom in a gentle and generous way. His words will help to better equip you to interpret and handle life in a whole new way, which in turn will bring peace, love and joy into your life. If you are looking for inspiration and encouragement in the face of serious health issues, this would come highly recommended from me.

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