WWB WATCH: Ken Burns Documentary ‘The Emperor of All Maladies’ Airs on PBS, March 30th. Based on Publitzer Prize Winning Book About Cancer

Having personally read this book from cover to cover, I highly recommend catching this series if you can’t read the entire book. It changed my perspective about cancer, the medical field ( for better and for worse) and opened my eyes wide about our human limitations. It is hopeful but painfully sober as we realize that cancer is here to stay. We all know someone who has been touched by Cancer and we all have our stories. The most compelling statement the series starts out with is the idea that there are so many kinds of cancers and so many trajectories each cancer cell can take. The excerpt below from PBS captures the essence of the book best and the part you need to hone in on is ‘the misunderstanding and the misperception’ about cancer. Be wise, learn more and don’t miss this series.

Truly Herself, Lauroly

EXCERPT PBS: “The series matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting history documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.”


Columbian Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Book Debuts on PBS March 30

Ken Burns Documentary is Based on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book,

“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

Posted in: Cancer

A three-part, six-hour documentary series based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning cancer biography written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil, assistant professor of medicine at P&S, debuts on PBS stations March 30 and continues on March 31 and April 1.

The documentary, based on the book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” (Simon & Schuster, 2010), is directed by Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns. It is part of a project that also includes nearly two dozen webcast short films by Redglass Pictures (CancerFilms.org) and a comprehensive national campaign with Stand Up To Cancer and other project supporters.

The documentary series was included in a Jan. 1, 2015, New York Times list of “20 Shows to Watch, A Winter Bounty for Serious TV Fans.”

The book and documentary tell the comprehensive story of cancer from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs.

WNYC, the national radio partner on the project, will present “Living Cancer,” a two-week series that begins Feb. 9 and will illustrate cancer research and treatment through personal stories of patients, doctors, and scientists. The series will air on NPR magazine shows, which are broadcast on public radio stations around the country. Some compelling voices in the series are availableonline. In March, “On the Media,” WNYC’s nationally distributed media analysis program, will air a special episode on cancer and the media, an important theme in Dr. Mukherjee’s book.

The website associated with the documentary, CancerFilms.org, includes produced and user-generated content that explores the three intermingled strands of the series: a historical documentary, a vérité film that focuses on current patients, and a scientific report. The website is intended for the vast cancer community of patients, survivors, family members, caregivers, scientists, clinicians, other health care providers, and the public at large.

The PBS documentary is narrated by the late actor Edward Herrmann, who died of brain cancer on Dec. 31, 2014.

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