Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer: The Emperor of All MaladiesThe AACR was proud to be a production supporter of the PBS documentary CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, which aired nationwide Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Produced by Ken Burns and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD, the 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, to the brink of lasting cures.

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Befitting the AACR's central place in the history of cancer research, more than 40 current and former AACR members—including 17 Fellows of the AACR Academy—were among the 60 eminent scientists interviewed over the course of the three-part, six-hour film. Several of those scientific leaders, as well as AACR Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, are featured in the following clip from WETA:

Researcher Montage from WETA 

Preview Screenings

As a production supporter, the AACR had the opportunity to preview the film at several community events:

  • Emperor Screening: San Diego Feb. 26, 2015, Petco Park, San Diego. Organized in partnership with San Diego PBS member station KPBS, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), and the San Diego Padres, the screening featured a panel discussion [right] on the state of cancer research with scientists and patients. [More photos]

  • March 10, 2015, AACR Headquarters, Philadelphia. AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), hosted a screening for cancer center communications professionals with the film's director, Barak Goodman at the AACR's office. [More photos]

  • March 23, 2015, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore. This event featured a screening and panel discussion with director Barak Goodman, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Margaret Foti, scientists, and patients. The panel discussion was moderated by William Nelson, MD, PhD, director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and editor-in-chief of the AACR magazine Cancer Today. [More photos]

Background: Cancer Today Magazine

  • The documentary was featured as a cover story in the winter 2015 issue of Cancer Today, the AACR's quarterly magazine for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members and friends.

  • Surgical oncologist Lori Wilson, featured in part 2 of the film, has experienced cancer as a physician, as a family caregiver, and as a patient. She participated in a panel discussion at the March 23 screening of the film in Baltimore, which was reported on by Cancer Today.

Fellows of the AACR Academy who Appear in CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES