The Reason Why Cancer is so Hard to Beat
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An undead city under siege, soldiers and police ruthlessly shooting down waves of zombies that flood from infected streets, trying to escape and infect more cities. This is what happens when your body fights cancer, more exciting than any movie.
How does this battle for survival unfold?
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All Comments (21)
I am a cancer specialist and I approve of this story. The main thing I would suggest is that yes some immunotherapy is like "giving your building inspectors machine guns," but I'd say that more of it is about getting rid of the fake building permits.
“Cancer is a game with no winners” the fact that this disease will do everything it can to survive and ultimately kill itself is what shocks me!
Lost my father 2 weeks back. He didn’t smoke and had stage four lung cancer. Even though we knew the chances of survival were less for him, newer technologies helped him to lower the pain and die with ease. I hope all the cancers will be curable soon.
Can we all just appreciate how kid-friendly these educational videos are?
It can literally be taught in schools this...
My cancer surgery was 5 weeks ago, and I can't thank you enough for helping me visualise more clearly what has been going on inside my body.
Ive been fighting cancer now for 4 years, multiple skin grafts and may lose my arm. Still fighting 💪 but the struggle is real.
If my future kids one day can tell me "don't worry, it's just cancer", I'm gonna cry.
As a cancer survivor myself, I really appreciated this video. The thing that makes cancer so much more terrifying than other afflictions is that there really is no definitive way to prevent it, and the only recourse is to find better ways to fight it
As a person with autism, It's quite hard for a person like me to understand this subject in things like school. But i can learn everything about the subject with the visuals. Thank you, Kurzgesagt.
The scariest thing about cancer is that it's often incredibly difficult to detect. Sure, we have all sorts of tests that can identify cancer, but the fact is that in most cases you're not going to ask your doctor for those tests until symptoms have started appearing. Depending on what type of cancer it is, it may be too late to stop it at that point.
And yes, there are regular tests for specific types of cancer, like breast cancer or prostate cancer, but you'd never think think to screen for something like pancreatic cancer.
I’m 17 and today i was diagnosed with cancer, so videos like these help me grasp what i have and further treatment i may have to go through to treat it, so thank you
Big shout-out to the artists and the animators involved in this video. The concept, the illustrations, the compositions, the colours. All of it is so cinematic. The best content I've watched this week.
Cancer researcher here! Very good video on one of the hallmarks of cancer: Immune Escape. I'd like to point out that in this last stage of dangerous cancer, part of the immune system does more than just suppress T cells, they actually get their hands dirty with building tumor town too. In a real tumor, the majority of the occupants aren't necessarily cancer cells. The rest are either trying to restrain the tumor, or help it grow bigger as the cancer corrupts the functions of the "normal" cells. It is truly a story of duplicitous agents!
Cancer researcher here too. Amazing video and very accurate in understanding. Love the focus on evolution which is such an important part of tumor development that is often overlooked.
Some additional points:
Cancer drugs may also select the most resistant cells in the same ways as the immune activity does, leaving the most resistant cells to overtake the tumor population. This is why treatments often end with resistance and why multiple different drugs often are used at the same time.
The part of cancer that kills patients in the vast majority of cases is the spread of the first tumor, allowing it to form secondary tumors in other parts of the body. While therapy targeting the first tumor has been investigated for many decades, it has only recently become a focus to develop treatments specifically against the spread of cancer (even though this is the most lethal feature).
From my perspective, I can't help but feel like there is still too big a focus on the development therapies trying the make the primary tumor smaller (this is one of the primary values used to evaluate drug effectiveness), as a smaller tumor doesn't necessarily mean a less lethal one. Developing treatments that reduce the spread of the tumor has such potential to increase patient survival, but it has gotten so little focus in comparison.
Thanks for your good work.
My cat, Isabelle, was diagnosed with cancer today. Doc gives her about two months to live. Thank you for helping me understand what that means.
My mother passed away of pancreatic cancer on the 18th, I wish so deeply for us to have found a way to eliminate this terrible illness from the world. Thank you for the genuine informative video, and the hopeful outlook for the future.
Donated to a cancer research charity after this. Thanks for your great work spreading awareness
My wife survived stage 3 stomach cancer (it had metastasized from her ovarian cancer from like 12 yrs prior, before I was in the picture). It got to the point where chemo/radiation stopped working, then put her on a clinical trial, which also didnt work. Then, as a "long shot", tried immunotherapy....and it worked! Shes the strongest person Ive ever known.
I highly recommend the Immune System book! Its a great read and its only barely scratching the surface of the topic. One part is kinda tough to get through, but its worth it!
I really appreciate how you‘re spreading information on cancer in such a comprehensive and visually stunning way, it‘s important that more people are educated on this topic.