Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee is the Pulitzer price winner for his book, "The Emperor of All Maladies". It is a lucid and griping account of this complex disease and our ongoing battle with it.
CNBC-TV18's Anuradha Sengupta caught up with Mukherjee to find out more about his work.
Below is a verbatim transcript of the interview. Also watch the attached videos.
Q: The Pulitzer price has really propelled this book into limelight. It has got a lot of attention. Has it done what you wanted to do for the subject of the book, which is the discussion on cancer and the way we are dealing with the disease?
A: Well I hope so. Part of the reason of writing the book was to demystify something that was very mysterious to many people. Cancer is not one disease but many diseases and there was a huge amount of mythology around cancer. People feared the word and they didn't want to read about it.
So, in a way, writing a book allowed me to explore my own history and the history of this disease but also allowed me to understand what people feared.
Q: In the book at one point you say and I am quoting from the book,