Blue background with sketches of tumours down the right-hand side

Outwitting Cancer: online exhibit

This online exhibit accompanies Outwitting Cancer, an in-person exhibition exploring cancer research at the Crick from 25 September 2021.


What is cancer? How does it develop and spread? What are scientists at the Crick doing to better understand cancer? And how are these discoveries being used to transform cancer treatments?

These are some of the questions you can explore in this online exhibit.

Discover the latest cancer research and innovative new treatments with Crick scientists and people whose lives are affected by cancer. Across four themed sections, you can hear Crick researchers, biotech scientists, and people living with cancer discuss this complex, feared and sometimes misunderstood disease.

This online exhibit accompanies Outwitting Cancer, an in-person exhibition exploring cancer research which opened at the Crick on 25 September 2021.

Chapter 1

Chapter 1: What is cancer?

Cancer develops when abnormal cells in the body begin to divide uncontrollably.

Learn what cancer is →

Read on


Outwitting Cancer: exhibition in London

Why doesn’t cancer play by the rules, and who are the people trying to outsmart these rebel cells? Meet the Crick's trailblazing scientists who are helping to turn the tide on one of the world’s biggest killers.

Event dates and opening times

25 Sep
15 Jul

Today's times: Closed


Image copyright

All illustrations © Rebecca Sadie May 2021.
Credit: ‘Illustrations by Rebecca Sadie May'
For use on this project only (the Crick's Outwitting Cancer exhibition, 2021). Not to be shared, altered or distributed in any way.