Stories of Cancer

March 30th
  • Hosted by Ken Burns

ABOUT THE FILM

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event presented by 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 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. The series also features the current status of cancer 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.

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.

At the urging of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, the late Laura Ziskin, the Entertainment Industry Foundation obtained the television and film rights for its Stand Up To Cancer initiative shortly after the book was published.

KTTZ's documentary "Life. Hope. Courage: Stories of Cancer" premiered during a special event at The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. "Life. Hope. Courage" is the story of the people who show courage in their fight, hope in their resiliency, and celebrate life. After the film a panel and town hall discussion was held, the panel was moderated by Health Sciences Center President Tedd Mitchell, M.D.

Cinde Ebeling: Perspective

1 in 4 Americans will die of cancer, it costs 85 billion dollars a year, it effects all of us. "Life. Hope. Courage" is the story of the people who show courage in their fight, hope in their resiliency, and celebrate life. Texas Tech Public Media is proud to present this film Sunday March 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26 @ 7:20 p.m., and Thursday April 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

On March 24th at The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center room 100 join Texas Tech Public Media for a screening of the new local documentary, "Life. Hope. Courage: The Stories of Cancer". The documentary chronicles the stories of people in the south plains and their battles with cancer. Featuring Ted and Betty Dotts, Dr. Patrick Reynolds, M.D. Ph.D., Randy Christian, Dr. Candy Arentz, M.D., Todd Chambers Ph.D. and many other doctors, survivors, and care givers.

Doors open at 5:30pm and light hors d'oeuvre's will be served.

Todd Chambers online version 

1 in 4 Americans will die of cancer, it costs 85 billion dollars a year, it effects all of us. "Life. Hope. Courage" is the story of the people who show courage in their fight, hope in their resiliency, and celebrate life. Texas Tech Public Media is proud to present this film Sunday March 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26 @ 7:20 p.m., and Thursday April 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

Todd Chambers: Hope 

1 in 4 Americans will die of cancer, it costs 85 billion dollars a year, it effects all of us. "Life. Hope. Courage" is the story of the people who show courage in their fight, hope in their resiliency, and celebrate life. Texas Tech Public Media is proud to present this film Sunday March 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26 @ 7:20 p.m., and Thursday April 2 @ 7:30 p.m.