How to Approach a Cancer Thesis

Usually when you write or buy thesis papers, the topic is very straight forward. If you are writing a science thesis, then your work will consist of research, analysis, and argument; if you are writing a literature thesis, your work will also consist of research, analysis and argument. When working with something as emotionally charged as a cancer thesis, you will want to approach the same basic principles in a very different manner.

This post will include breakdowns of these elements and how they could be applied to a topic as emotionally heavy as cancer.


When doing a regular thesis, this might be comparing works of literature or collecting lab data. This is considered the most straight forward part of the paper, as facts are usually indisputable.

When doing a thesis on cancer, however, you are dealing with two very different, sometimes opposing truths. On the one hand, there is the scientific research conducted on cancer, cancer cures, and cancer treatment. It makes sense that no cancer thesis would be complete without touching on these subjects.

This is not the only kind of research that needs to be done, however. When writing a cancer thesis, you must also take into account the emotions that surround something like this. It all comes back to the human beings whose lives are affected by this disease.

Here are some ways to approach this:

  • If your paper is mostly scientific, then you should focus mostly on the facts regarding medicine. However, you must also touch on what motivates cancer research. Ask yourself important questions: Who funds it? Which countries are making the most progress? Compare/contrast this against your own country. You can discuss the economics of cancer research and treatment.

  • If your paper is mostly emotion based, try to work in the way cancer affects the people dying and the people who lose loved ones to it. This is often accompanied by an argument (which will be discussed below) that compels the reader to support cancer research or cancer-based causes.


Analysis is an integral part of any thesis. You will be expected to process all the things that you have learned about any given topic and apply them to your paper. Without this part, your argument will be completely useless.

Remember these tips:

  • Facts alone do not support an argument. In fact, facts don’t really have a bias either way. You can take any fact and use it to support either side of the argument. This is why analysis is so vital.

  • Try to balance emotional and medical to fit your needs.

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about death. Cancer kills people. Your cancer thesis should talk about people who are dead.


Every paper makes an argument. Maybe your argument is that cancer research should be treated more seriously than it is, or given more funding. Maybe it has to do with insurance, and the conversation that you open about cancer is merely an aside.

No matter what though, remember to keep your arguments strong. If you need help outlining your argument, check out the posts on writing an argumentative thesis statement and thesis outline.