Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this three-part series tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the ...







Season 1 - Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
"The search for a \u201ccure\u201d for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. It spans centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains, and sudden vertiginous twists. Sidney Farber defied conventional wisdom in the late 1940s, introducing the modern era of chemotherapy, eventually galvanizing a full-scale national \u201cwar on cancer.\u201d Little Olivia Blair was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 14-months old, which spreads to her brain and spinal column."
"In the wake of the declaration of a \u201cwar on cancer\u201d 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, leading some patients and doctors to take desperate measures. It is not until the late 1990s that the advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies with the breakthrough drugs Gleevec and Herceptin. Following the history during these fraught decades is the contemporary story of Dr. Lori Wilson, a surgical oncologist who is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in both breasts in 2013."