What probably causes cancer?

Have you noticed how many factors ‘might’ or ‘probably’ cause cancer? When these terms are used, what do they actually mean? This video, again one from Risk Bites, describes different levels of threat, and what is meant by ‘possible’ and ‘probable’ causes of cancer means.

How cancer develops

This very well-done video by Sanofi TV describes the basics of cancer, what starts the development of cancer and how it progresses, as well as some of the treatments that are used. The graphics are super and the explanations are very basic.

Facing life and death, with cancer

Kat McHale | TEDxExeter

Cancer is obviously tough to deal with, but there are elements to this that most of do not think about. In this TED talk Kat McHale puts this into perspective. She provides a moving description that is important for any person going through this ordeal.

It ain’t over even when it’s over

When cancer has been ‘successfully’ treated there is still more that survivors have on their plate. In this excellent presentation we learn from Suleika Jaouad about some of these challenges. There are dozens, of which our acquaintances may be entirely unaware. Each person deals with these travails differently, but here we learn some ways of getting by well.

Cancer: Who lives? Who dies?

Ted Goldstein Ph.D. | TEDxSanFrancisco

The course of cancer evolution is provided from the perspective of a software engineer. It is a fascinating perspective as to what needs to be done to beat cancer. It also tells us why cancer cells are super-competitors, but it may be possible to outsmart them.

Cancer biology

This video produced by CancerQuest provides a simple description of unfettered cell division and the development of cancer, as well as why this occurs. The illustrations are very well done, and the explanations of some complex topics are made simple.


The journey for cancer cells to distant sites is not simple, and only some very tough cancer cells make it successfully. However, of those that are successful, the consequences for humans can be dire. These two brief videos describe how metastases occurs.

Cancer biology: Abnormal signal transduction

These four short videos go somewhat deeper into the processes involved in cancer production. It is a bit difficult to follow for those without some background. Nonetheless, for those interested (and who have a bit of background in biology), these are very interesting clips that have implications for treatment.

Decoding cancer immunology: Hunting hidden tumours

This excellent clip, again from Nature Videos, shows how cancer cells develop and importantly how they can hide from the immune system. The video describes how cancer cells can be identified and their characteristics exposed so that immune cell therapy can be used to attack tumour cells.

Starving cancer away

Sophia Lunt | TEDxMSU

An excellent description of the Warburg effect that is important for cancer cells to obtain the nutrients that they like. So, can we take advantage of this to starve cancer cells, thereby defeating them?

Tumour immunology and immunotherapy

Immunotherapies are among the most exciting ways of dealing with a variety of tumour cells. This clip shows how strengthening immune cells or using checkpoint inhibitors can act against tumour growth. To be sure, these techniques are still in their infancy, but the findings to this point have been exceptionally exciting.

Immunotherapeutic approaches

This video, produced by Nature Video, provides a very excellent graphically portrayed description of different immunotherapeutic techniques to fight cancer.

Cancerism: Stigma associated with cancer

It is hard to deal with illnesses is hard, especially devastating diseases such as cancer. The cancer patient needs to maintain psychological wellness to adapt with the disease. So, it is that much more horrid when biases exist towards individuals with cancer. This TEDx talk by Dr Rick Boulay is concerned with the difficulty of being a cancer survivor.