The Story of Cancer

The Story of Cancer

– Stream this series now thru 4/30 at or purchase it HERE –

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event from preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made. 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 it, to a radical new understanding of its essence at a time when we are at an inflection point in knowledge and treatment — the dawn of an era in which cancer may become a chronic or curable illness rather than its historic death sentence in some forms. Ken Burns Presents: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a production of Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures, and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media.

The series matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting history documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.  Stream this series now thru 4/30 at or purchase it HERE .

Special thank you to  Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for hosting the special early sneak-peek of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies and a discussion on the series on March 24.

The Story of Cancer

Engage with this historic project online by:

KUAC Stories of Cancer
KUAC Stories of CancerClare Smith shares a story about her father, Jim Loftus. Listen HERE.
Nicole Vasilevsky shares how cancer has impacted her life. Listen HERE.
Lance Mackey shares how cancer has impacted his life. Watch HERE and Listen HERE.
Melissa Allen shares a story about her grandfather, Jack Lewis Allen. Watch HERE and Listen HERE.

Tune into KUAC FM for NPR’s Living Cancer SeriesWhen cancer strikes, a person’s life is often turned upside down, while family and friends struggle to cope with the emotions of the diagnosis and the lengthy and sometimes painful treatments. Despite progress, the disease remains fearsome. In our lifetimes, half of all men and one in three women will receive a diagnosis of cancer. For years, cancer was a shameful secret. Now, a huge number of us are “living cancer” thanks to more successful treatments.

To explore the latest developments in cancer and continuing controversies in the field, NPR and Member station WNYC present the series “Living Cancer,” airing on Morning Edition and All Things Considered during the weeks of February 9 and March 23. The series is produced in conjunction with Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Additionally, on On the Media’s March 29 episode (9 am on KUAC FM) hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are joined by author Siddhartha Mukherjee. They discuss how the media covers cancer, and how that coverage shapes research, cancer funding, and the public perception of the disease.

For episode descriptions and links to aired stories please click HERE.

Additional Resources:

KUAC’s efforts in promoting Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies are made possible by WETA and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

Funding for Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is provided by Genentech, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, David H. Koch, Siemens, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Kovler Fund, and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Outreach partners are Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation; the American Association for Cancer Research; and the American Cancer Society.

 Funding for Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is provided by these sponsors

March Special Cancer TV Programming

Conquering the Dragon
Conquering the Dragon: Breast Cancer Survivors Race for Life, KUAC TV  CONQUERING THE DRAGON: BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS RACE FOR LIFE is a documentary about breast cancer survivors reaching for the stars and creating triumph out of tragedy, never letting up in their determined fight against the dragon. In their quest to regain their lives, thousands of breast cancer survivors around the world discovered Dragon Boat Racing, a very demanding water sport, requiring mental and physical toughness that has become the ultimate team competition among survivors. The compelling stories of these survivors coupled with their struggles to cross the finish line, results in a vivid image of life and survival: What was once the dragon that almost took their lives has morphed into the dragon that saved their souls.
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,  KUAC TV  Tune into this three-part film that tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The six-hour film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies - A Conversation
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies – A Conversation,  KUAC TV  Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies – A Conversation: Katie Couric of Yahoo! News and co-founder of “Stand Up To Cancer” moderates a conversation with Ken Burns; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA and a cancer survivor; and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book upon which the film CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES is based.
Kids Rock Cancer
Kids Rock Cancer,  KUAC TV  For a few magical moments, kids undergoing the pain and emotional challenges of cancer have a chance to step away from their daily routine and instantly transform “into rock stars.” A new documentary, KIDS ROCK CANCER, profiles these young musicians as they write and record original songs in the unlikeliest of places – their own hospital rooms. Using the proven healing power of music therapy, Kids Rock Cancer provides an outlet of emotion and expression for children who have either been diagnosed with cancer and other blood disorders, or have a family member suffering from cancer.
The Antibody: It's Never Too Late to Panic
The Antibody: It’s Never Too Late to Panic,  KUAC TV  The Antibody is a one-hour manifesto about suicide, death, and grief. It is both a personal history and a scream against fate. Written, shot, and edited by Christopher Lukas (and featuring only himself) it is made against a background of family suicides and Lukas’s own battle against a variety of cancers over the past twenty years. The result of years of dealing with his own depression, his family’s disposition to self-slaughter, and the film-maker’s never-ending need to come to terms with being the lone survivor, the film is enhanced with lines of verse from Shakespeare and other poets.