Pharmacology is benefited by the prepared mind. You need to know what you are looking for.

-Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee

There is a very moving and ancient connection between cancer and depression.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
I began wondering, can one really write a biography of an illness? But I found myself thinking of cancer as this character that has lived for 4,000 years, and I wanted to know what was its birth, what is its mind, its personality, its psyche?
Siddhartha Mukherjee

A positive attitude does not cure cancer, any more than a negative one causes it.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
All cancers are alike but they are alike in a unique way.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

There's a rising cancer trend and, as I said, one of the major contributors is the overall ageing of the population - we aren't dying of other things, so we're dying of cancer.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Cancer has enormous diversity and behaves differently: it's highly mutable, the evolutionary principles are very complicated and often its capacity to be constantly mystifying comes as a big challenge.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

I think the way we think about cancer, the way we treat cancer, has dramatically changed in the last century. There is an enormous amount of options that a physician can provide today, right down from curing patients, treating patients or providing patients with psychic solace or pain relief.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
I think the cardinal rule of learning to write is learning to read first. I learned to write by learning to read.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

There is a duality in recognising what an incredible disease it is - in terms of its origin, that it emerges out of a normal cell. It's a reminder of what a wonderful thing a normal cell is. In a very cold, scientific sense, I think a cancer cell is a kind of biological marvel.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
There's a phrase in Shakespeare: he refers to it as the 'hidden imposthume', and this idea of a hidden swelling is seminal to cancer. But even in more contemporary writing it's called 'the big C'.