This book really is a "biography" of cancer - a disease that everyone dreads. You learn about its history, from early diagnoses to the 20th century progress in treatments.
Here's the publisher's description of the book:
A "biography" of cancer from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it. A combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms the listener's understanding of cancer and much of the world around them. The author provides a glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and offers a bold new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers, and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.