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New Ken Burns’ Documentary Premieres this Week

Posted by Kellie May on

The new Ken Burns’ documentary Cancer – The Emperor of All Maladies will premiere this week on three consecutive nights from March 30 to April 1. Each two-hour episode takes viewers on a journey through the story of cancer, from the earliest research for a cure to the modern day technologies doctors are hoping will save lives in the future.

We’re also excited that each night will feature a special introduction from a local doctor – Oncologist/Hematologist James Essell, MD, on March 30; Physician and pathologist Kathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, PhD, MD, on March 31; and Oncologist/Hematologist Amanda Laubenthal, MD, on April 1.

Here are the details about each episode:


Magic Bullets
Monday, March 30, at 9pm on CET and

This episode follows that centuries-long search for a cure for cancer, but centers on the story of Sidney Farber, who, defying conventional wisdom in the late 1940s, introduces the modern era of chemotherapy, eventually galvanizing a full-scale national “war on cancer.”


The Blind Men and the Elephant
Tuesday, March 31, at 9pm on CET

This episode picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a “war on cancer” by Richard Nixon 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 until the late 1990s.


Finding an Achilles Heel
Wednesday, April 1, at 9pm on CET

This episode begins at a time when scientists believe they have cracked the essential mystery of the malignant cell, but cancer reveals new layers of complexity and a formidable array of unforeseen defenses. See how a combination of early prevention, detection, new therapies and technology are helping us win the war on cancer.

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