Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event from preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C. 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. First aired from March 30 thru April 1 on NET1, this “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic “War on Cancer” in the last century; and it comes at a time in the history of the disease when scientific breakthroughs have put a cure within reach. The series attempts to strip away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded this disease, examining cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion.

NET produced an hour-long special, Living With Cancer in Nebraska, that premiered Friday, April 3 on NET1.  This program features segments on "Rural Health and Advancements in Cancer Treatment," "Pancreatic Cancer," and "Impact on Families."  UNMC's Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Sarah Thayer, M.D., Ph.D., physician-in-chief of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and other guests offer insight on Living With Cancer in Nebraska. NET News also developed three companion Signature Stories--"Communication & Cancer," "Genomic Therapy Treatment," and "Pancreatic Cancer"--which were aired on NET Radio April 1-3.  In March, NET and its partners hosted a series of program previews and discussions focusing on healthcare communication. Panels in each location (March 3, Omaha; March 5, Norfolk; March 12, Lincoln; March 19, Grand Island; and March 25, Omaha) consisted of cancer-focused health specialists, cancer survivors and caregivers.  Visit the photo gallery from those events here.


Living with Cancer Jon McAlpin -- Beating Cancer
Jon McAlpin has beaten cancer three times. He credits keeping a positive attitude & serving others as part of his successful treatment.


Living with Cancer: Cheryl Stevens -- Power of Positivity
Cheryl Stevens founded the Flamingos for Hope after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She found that dressing up in costumes and bringing a smile to the other patients helped HER as she went through difficult treatments.


Signature Story for April 1: Cancer & Communication
How does being diagnosed or living with cancer affect relationships with loved ones, friends, and healthcare professionals? NET News' Ben Bohall sits down to talk with UNL Associate Professor Jody Koenig Kellas about the importance of communication in coping with cancer.


Signature Story for April 2: Pancreatic Cancer
By the time most people know they have pancreatic cancer, it can be too late. With few survivors advocating for research dollars, experts say there isn't enough awareness of the disease. Georgianna Brown survived pancreatic cancer, and wants others to know they can do the same.


Signature Story for April 3: Rural Breast Cancer
Rural patients go to great lengths for cancer treatment. Travelling for surgery and chemotherapy can cover hundreds or even thousands of miles. But some breast cancer patients in Nebraska are taking an extra step to advance treatment by enrolling in a research database collecting information from rural patients. Story Wall

Story Wall
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