Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies

The three-part, six-hour documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. premiered March 30th, 31st and April 1st on Panhandle PBS and PBS member stations nationwide.  

This “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer cancer. The project matches the epic scale of cancer, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The series is a both a riveting historical documentary, an engrossing and intimate vérité film that focuses on current patients, and a scientific report.

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Hear local stories from the Panhandle PBS "Story of Cancer" community project.

Stan McKeever

Stan McKeever

Stan McKeever talks about supportive services in Amarillo.

Dr. Philip Periman

Dr. Philip Periman

Dr. Phillip Periman talks about cancer treatment in Amarillo.

Jason McCoy

Jason McCoy

Jason McCoy talks about resources offered by the American Cancer Society.

 Shari Miller

Shari Miller

How does a nurse navigator help cancer patients throughout his/her treatment?

Dr. Brian Pruitt

Dr. Brian Pruitt

Dr. Pruitt talks about how far along breast cancer treatment has come.

John Montville

John Montville

John Montville, Director at Harrington Cancer Center, talks about why it's important fo...

David Lovejoy

David Lovejoy

After ignoring symptoms, David Lovejoy went to the doctor only to discover he had colon...

Larry Barlow

Larry Barlow

Larry talks about his battles with skin cancer.

Dr. Richard Kibbey

Dr. Richard Kibbey

Dr. Richard Kibbey III talks about his experience with prostate cancer and treating pat...

Cathy Pruiett

Cathy Pruiett

Cathy talks about her battle with cancer.

Ryan Parnell

Ryan Parnell

After a false cancer diagnosis, Ryan Parnell and his wife wanted to make a difference.

Panhandle PBS's engagement support for Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is provided through WETA from the following national funders:

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