Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES
A Conversation

Katie Couric moderates a roundtable conversation featuring Ken Burns; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA and a cancer survivor; and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book upon which the film is based.

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES
Finding the Achilles Heel

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

Produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman,  tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.
The six-hour, three-part film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

 

Finding the Achilles Heel

Scientists believe they have cracked the mystery of the malignant cell and the first targeted therapies are developed, with the promise of many more to follow. But very quickly cancer reveals new layers of complexity and unforeseen defenses. In the disappointment that follows, many call for a new focus on prevention and early detection as the most promising fronts in the war on cancer. But other scientists are undeterred, and by the second decade of the 2000s their work pays off. This episode follows patients Doug Rogers, a 60-year-old NASCAR mechanic with melanoma, and Emily Whitehead, a six-year-old child afflicted with leukemia – both pioneers in new immunotherapy treatments.

 

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES
The Blind Men and the Elephant

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a film by Ken Burns

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

Produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.


The six-hour, three-part film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

 

The Blind Men and the Elephant


Richard Nixon declares “war on cancer” in 1971. Flush with optimism and awash with federal dollars, the cancer field plunges forward in search of a cure. In the lab, rapid progress is made in understanding the essential nature of the cancer cell, leading to the revolutionary discovery of the genetic basis of cancer. But at the bedside, where patients are treated, few new therapies become available, and a sense of disillusionment takes hold, leading some patients and doctors to take desperate measures. It is not until the late 1990s that the advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies with the breakthrough drugs Gleevec and Herceptin. The film intertwines the story of Dr. Lori Wilson, a surgical oncologist who is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2013.

 

PBS Hawaii hosts free preview of upcoming Ken Burns cancer film

 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a film by Ken Burns

 

HONOLULU, HI – PBS Hawaii will host a free preview of the latest Ken Burns-produced documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The screening will take place this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at ProtoHUB Honolulu (458 Keawe Street in Kakaako).

 

The event will feature an hour-long excerpt from the six-hour documentary, followed by an audience discussion, moderated by an American Cancer Society representative.

 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies airs March 30 – April 1 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS Hawaii. The film is produced by Ken Burns, directed by Barak Goodman, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.

 

The three-part documentary tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll, to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Intimate stories from patients, and the latest scientific breakthroughs, are interwoven throughout the historical narrative.

 

Free street parking is available after 6:00 p.m. Attendees can print this parking pass to park at the lot on 555 South Street. PBS Hawaii will have a volunteer there to hand out passes, as well.

 

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