A PBS (CPTV) documentary series, presented by Ken Burns, based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee begins tonight. Among other scientists, doctors and patients, the program will feature ACGT Researcher and Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Carl June, as well as a patient, Emily Whitehead – both of whom will be speaking at the ACGT Innovative Leadership Award Gala on April 14, 2015. Learn more about this important documentary by visiting: https://cancerfilms.org/about-the-film/.
Each two-hour episode has a specific focus but also takes us through a more general timeline of progress and setback. The film director/producer, Barak Goodman, tells the story of patients and their families during treatment to balance the intense and fascinating cancer research with the inevitably heart-wrenching realities of the patients.
Part 1 of 3 is Magic Bullets — This first episode deals with childhood leukemia, and though the overall story is one of great progress — childhood leukemia is now curable in many cases — it is tough to watch, particularly because it involves the real-time treatment of young children. The story of cancer and the efforts to find a cure begins with the work of cancer researcher Sidney Farber (1903-73), who, in the late 1940s, introduced the modern era of chemotherapy. You’ll learn about the story of a 14-month-old girl battling T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
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