Ken Burns Presents "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

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As we look towards watching “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” we thought it would be helpful to share KSPS’ own cancer episodes of “Health Matters.”

“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” is a film by Barak Goodman and is presented by Ken Burns. The search for a "cure" for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science, spanning centuries and continents. This episode follows that centuries-long search, 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 "war on cancer." Interwoven with Farber's narrative is the contemporary story of a 14-month-old diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The film follows her as she and her parents struggle with the many hardships and decisions foisted upon a cancer patient. 

Health Matters takes a big picture look from diagnosis to the latest treatments with a panel of oncologists in the three major specialties. Plus procedures that once required a trip to Seattle are now being done in Spokane. We watch Cancer Care Northwest perform its 100th stem cell transplant. And hear from a patient, two years after his lifesaving procedure.

Cancer is one of the most dreaded words in the English language. It can be so fearful that many of us would rather ignore important symptoms than seek help. But help is readily available and the earlier cancer patients seek help, the better the outcomes can be.

Thanks to Inland Imaging for its support of “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

and to Providence Health Care for its long-time sponsorship of Health Matters