• Will you watch the series "Cancer-The Emperor of All Maladies"? It has been advertised and hyped for weeks now,

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Will you watch the series "Cancer-The Emperor of All Maladies"? It has been advertised and hyped for weeks now,

    Click the link below to listen to a radio program about the upcoming series:

    The Emperor of all Maladies on this week’s Frankly Speaking About Cancer radio show. This film, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, debuts on PBS next week. The story weaves together a harrowing tale of the origins of cancer with the narratives of modern-day patients. Executive Producer Ken Burns and Director Barak Goodman speak openly about the making of the project. http://bit.ly/1G7eML9

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    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      We don't have TV, so I won't watch it. I did, however, read the book. In an odd twist of events, it's what I was reading when I was diagnosed. It took me over a year to go back and finish it.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Yes of course...Am ready this fantastic book and posted about this series several weeks ago as well. It is a must read and a must see for all of us. Anyone touched by cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I will probably wait until this gets to Netflix because then I can just watch the parts I want. I don't think I can six hours

      over 3 years ago
    • myronbob's Avatar
      myronbob

      GREG , actually at night I use TV as an outlet to forget about the cancer . from early on read on-line quite a bit . though i'm sure its a great show not for me . in fact always hated hospital doctor shows . to those who do watch please enjoy . bob

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      The history of B.C. cancer in the book will just bring you to tears. The history of cancer in kids is equally difficult to read..but the lives saved because of the suffering of those before us is really something to understand.

      I had to buy my own hard cover so I could highlight it.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      No TV here, but if I can watch it on PBS online I'm there!

      over 3 years ago
    • alimccalli's Avatar
      alimccalli

      I haven't decided for sure, but I will most likely watch it. I work with a couple of survivors who have read the book and are very excited about the show. It's been a topic of conversation for a couple weeks now. I'm interested, although I have not read the book yet.

      over 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      When and where is it on....?
      I'm amazed that people don't have TV.
      Myron.....I'm like you now where I won't go to a sad movie anymore.
      I will watch this though. I wish somebody would do a Book or Documentary about some People that are coming up with some new, outside the box IDEAS on treatments or cures. I believe that IDEAS can come from outside the Medical Establishment. They are not beholden to the status quo but of course getting the Industry to pay attention to any new ideas will be hard. Change is a Stubborn thing especially when it might get in the way of a Large Bus going down the highway. BUT I'll watch and LOVE Ken Burns and his CIVIL WAR Stories.....

      over 3 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      I read the book two weeks ago, it is facinating. I will try to watch it on tv, but I go to bed early so I may have to wait for netflix or PBS online but will definitely catch it sometime.

      over 3 years ago
    • faithfully58's Avatar
      faithfully58

      Great book did happen to read it sometime ago!! Really learned a lot about cancer from the beginning! Interesting how some of the things in chemo were found!

      over 3 years ago
    • kashubian's Avatar
      kashubian

      I have been wanting to read that book and have been anticipating the series. I'm not sure if I will catch the original airing due to when it is scheduled to run, but it is something I think is important to watch. I read the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" about one woman's cancer cells that continue to live on long after she is gone, how it impacts her family and medical research...even the polio vaccine. Difficult to read the human side of the story, but interesting about how far reaching and vital Mrs. Lacks has been in the evolution of cancer treatment. That, too, is a must read if you have not.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      @barryboomer, I ditched TV (not for the first time) almost four years ago now. Even basic cable is outrageous, especially when I can watch many shows online for free; I don't mind the delay. More important, it's better for my partner. Years ago after watching a cold case file show, she was convinced that her brother-in-law was a serial killer (have I mentioned she has brain damage?). She responds to stories online, too, but she's considerably less anxious now that the TV is gone.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lillyzz's Avatar
      Lillyzz

      Yes. The DVR is programed.

      over 3 years ago
    • jackieg's Avatar
      jackieg

      Yes, by DVR is programmed also

      over 3 years ago
    • Hussy's Avatar
      Hussy

      We don't have TV.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I'm hoping to. I've enjoyed Ken Burns other documentaries. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does w/the topic of cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • lroz57's Avatar
      lroz57

      I am planning on watching it! It should be very good! On another note, I am 11 yrs cancer-free this month! YEAH!

      over 3 years ago
    • carolk2222's Avatar
      carolk2222

      Thanks for posting about this program. I hadn't heard anything about it. I just set my DVR :)

      over 3 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      I probably won't. Cancer can take over your whole world and there is a time to take a rest from it. Television is a mechanism I use to get away from it. Silly I know but I stay away from movies and programs that are devoted to cancer. When I was first diagnosed my granddaughter who thought she was helping came over with a tear jerker about a mother with cancer and she dies leaving a young daughter. Half way thru the movie I got up and got busy with other things.... That's when I vowed not to do it again!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      I don't have cable or any type of service except for my internet. Even if it was available on the internet, I wouldn't watch it. I still suffer from "what ifs" and "how come I didn't do more research?" Too many unanswered questions that leave a lot of doubt in my mind. Don't need something else to put more doubt in it. Thanks or informing us anyway.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I am on the fence. I will find out when it is on and tune in knowing with the pressi of a button I can turn it off. Would like to be better informed and enjoy documentaries but do not want to watch something if it is emotionally draining. Playing this one by ear with the remote close at hand.

      over 3 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      Yes! My niece gave me an autographed copy of the book a few months after I was diagnosed. Took awhile before I would read it. Liked it a lot. Occasionally I see College students toting the book - required reading for an Epidemiology class.

      over 3 years ago
    • lovemylissie's Avatar
      lovemylissie

      Yes, I will. What pbs channel and what time will it be aired?

      over 3 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Episode 1, "Magic Bullets," can now be viewed online: http://video.pbs.org/program/story-cancer-emperor-all-maladies/

      over 3 years ago
    • created's Avatar
      created

      I watched this last night and cried. To see what Cancer was like so few years ago and what it is today absolutely blew my mind..the small children tucked away to die because there was NO Hope broke my heart. Where they have come to offers so much hope! I truly thank God and doctors and contributors with all my heart.....You know...They might actually find a cure and there be no more cancer, in my lifetime....

      over 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I found it extremely sad, upsetting and deplorable. I understand this is the horrible history and they are trying their best BUT it is a HORROR SHOW. I can't watch it anymore as LIVING it is bad enough.

      over 3 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      Barryboomer....thanks for the feedback. I was tempted to turn it on and just felt I better not after spending a day of testing. Some things are just best not to watch. We have to live with this disease! Its not like we can turn it off!! Thanks again Barry!

      over 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      People get angry at me for putting up Hopeful Videos and Articles outside the mainstream but at least it is a positive spin.....I put a video up the other day. Chris Wark and Ty Bollinger have a complete series of videos that are fantastic and with LOTS of MD's AND PHD'S but a lot of the subjects are more into the Nutritional Realm but not all...Check it out.
      Barry

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I thought it was very informative and educational. A lot of diseases that have been studied, tested and even cured started in a similar way. Nothing to be afraid of by watching it, the show actually gave me greater insight into where it started, what has been done and how some of the trials and new medicines are brought to the public.

      over 3 years ago
    • Julianne's Avatar
      Julianne

      I enjoyed the program. Wish there was more about the relation of immunotherapy to multiple myeloma if there is any.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Did watch all three parts and was amazed at all the piece work, hours , months, and years the different paths of research took. Found it very interesting and informative. Had not read the book.Have to admit , got a little teary eyed the third part during the discussion of survival choices during late stages of Cancer but, like the lady with late stage Cancer on the show, I too felt it was better to be fully informed. The going forward is so hopeful for us all and all those who come after.

      over 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I found it a Puff Piece on the State of Cancer in this Country.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Yes, barryboomer, I read your previous comments and must agree to disagree. I feel at last piece by painful, waste of money, loss of life, painful needless mutilation of women, and mistaken theories , we are finally getting to know the enemy, or enemies, since there are so many types of Cancer.This gives me hope, especially the recent 60 Minute episode about injecting the polio virus into Cancer tumors to kick start our own immune system. I was a little disappointed however that they did not include anything about diet, excercise, or meditation as helpful in fighting Cancer but then, this was the medical research and treatment history of fighting Cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Hey Lynn....I hope you're right. BTW the Virus thing was a little overblown and I posted an article about it. I thought it was a little TOO Flattering. You would think after all this time and money they'd have SOMETHING better than they have now....(Just my Opinion ) I think they stayed with the chemo model too long before realizing that OUR OWN immune system needed to be addressed. WHY do you think there was NOTHING about eating Really Healthy Living Foods if not after cancer BEFORE we get it or Prevention. Nothing about any other modalities other than the same old same. WHERE is the urgency in PREVENTION so others don't get as sick. How about all the Junk Foods and Pesticides? They don't seem interested in helping people with the information to keep us healthy. Big Food has Billions of Dollars in Lobby Organizations for less regulation. There is a Great 13 hour Video that is much better than this and if you go to Chris Beat Cancer you can access to the site. This was just more of the same old same old and really was too little too late for me. I feel that Big Pharma has let us all down and that's just the way I see it.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I agree with you that they have stayed with the chemo model too long even though,like many other treatments they have tried, it helps some.They did toot prevention in lung cancer by the "cigarettes are hazardous to your health" campaign and also made a point of bringing up the obesity problem.Did notice they skirted around the issue of Cancer clusters in various states and foreign countries What's with that? They are still shaking their heads on that one. Frightening to think how quickly and often the Cancer cell mutates and adapts. Targeting therapy to the individual based upon their genetic makeup also sounded quite promising. Hopefully in the near future chemo and radiation will be in the rear view. I am an optimist, not always a realist.

      over 3 years ago

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