Cancer Decoded

The Science Behind Cancer

Cancer Decoded

The Science Behind Cancer
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality and diminished life quality worldwide. However, well presented, easily understandable and factually accurate content about the illness is difficult to find.

The purpose of Cancer Decoded is to demystify cancer, a condition that has become a bogeyman for citizens of developed nations and a buzzword for academics. To make our content relevant and approachable for everyone, the series is divided into two streams:

The Fundamentals


If you’re unsure of where to begin on your journey to understanding cancer, you’ve come to the right place! This series explains what cancer is, examines its causes on a molecular level, and debunks common misconceptions. Along the way, you’ll learn fundamental scientific concepts that allow you to understand other cancer-related materials, from our other series to research papers.

Featured Topics


Finding a cure for cancer has become a rallying cry for researchers, policy makers, and those affected by the condition. This series sifts through the pool of incremental advances to feature promising, novel ideas for therapies. Presented without the confusing terminology of research papers, let our adorable mascots highlight for you the ideas that have the potential to revolutionize healthcare.

Two new Cancer Decoded episodes comes out on the 1st of every other month during the summer. One episode as apart of each sub-series, Basics and Spotlight!

Reporting an Error
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Begin Reading:


Episode 1: The Basics of Cancer

Episode 2: Fast and Furious: Cancer on the Move

Episode 3: A Guide to Defeating Cancer

Episode 4: Curiouser and Curiouser: Vaccinating against Cancer.

Episode 5: Diagnosing Cancer

Episode 6: Immunotherapy (Part 1)

Episode 7: Immunotherapy (Part 2)

Episode 8: Biomarker detection

Episode 9: Cancer disparities (Part 1)

Episode 10: Cancer disparities (Part 2)

Episode 11: Clinical Trials

Episode 12: Colon Cancer

Episode 13: Prostate Cancer

Episode 14: Lymphoma

Episode 15: Cervical Cancer

Episode 16: Bile Duct Cancer

Episode 17: Myeloma

Episode 18: Writing the Script

Episode 19: Sarcoma

Episode 20: Leukemia

Episode 21: Infant Brain Tumors

Episode 22: Coming Soon 


Episode 1: Fighting Fire with Fire: Can Malaria Fight Cancer?

Episode 2: Lung Cancer and EGFR Mutations

Episode 3: The Cellular Butterfly Effect

Episode 4: Unlikely Allies: Fighting Cancer with Gut Bacteria

Episode 5: Lipid Nanoparticles: Drug Delivery

Episode 6: Liquid Biopsies and micro RNA

Episode 7: Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Episode 8: Chemobrain

Episode 9: Diagnosis on the go: Skin cancer detector

Episode 10: Can genome instability by R-Loops increase risk of cancer?

Episode 11: From Cancer Cells to Fat Cells – Adipogenesis

Episode 12: Disguised AntiCancer Drugs

Episode 13: Prostate Cancer Gold Particles

Episode 14: Classic HL-PTLD

Episode 15: RNR-i / Cervical Cancer

Episode 17: CAR-T

Episode 18: Illustrating Cancer Decoded

Episode 19: Sarcoma Immunotherapy

Episode 20: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Animated Videos
Episode 1: What is Cancer?
Episode 2: What is Cancer? Pt.2 – Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy
Cancer Decoded was originally started in January of 2017, with the script, drawings, and publishing all being done by Adam Mesa. Each episode took upwards of 15 hours to do alone, and other commitments came in the way of continuation.

One year later, the series was restarted with a team of talented digital artists and science writers. The new team was quite large, allowing us to release two concurrent series at one time: One that focuses on the basics of cancer, the other that looks at specialized areas.

Episode 1  Cancer: It’s all about cells. (February 15, 2017)

Episode 2 – Atoms and Molecules: The Building Blocks of Cells (March 1, 2017)