Friday 27 May 2016

Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies

"In 2010, more than 600,000 Americans and more than 7 million humans around the world will die of cancer" ( 

Cancer touches all of us.  We all know a relative, a friend or a co-worker who has suffered from cancer.  Ken Burns teamed up with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies, to discuss the disease, the patients and the survivors in the documentary Cancer:  Emperor of All Maladies.  Above all, this film is about the heroism displayed by the survivors.

For Ken Burns, this is a personal journey.  "My work as a filmmaker is directly linked to the death of my mother from cancer when I was 11.  From the age of three, I watched her suffer and struggle with this awful disease, forever creating for me a desire to explore the past and to listen deeply to the stories that we all have to tell."

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, coming at the disease from the perspective of a physician, demonstrates a "profound compassion" for patients, their families and their oncologists.  His book, The Emperor of All Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction.  He is also an associate professor at Columbia University who spends much of his time researching cancer, its origin and its treatment.

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