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The Blind Men and the Elephant
Part of the Series: Cancer
PBS
This episode picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a "war on cancer" by Richard Nixon in 1971. Flush with optimism and awash with federal dollars, the cancer field plunges forward in search of a cure.…
Magic Bullets
Part of the Series: Cancer
PBS
The search for a "cure" for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. It spans centuries and continents and is full of its share of heroes, villains, and sudden vertiginous twists. This episode follows that centuries-long search,…
Dying at Grace
Part of the Series: Janus World Documentaries Collection
An extraordinary, transformative experience, Allan King's Dying at Grace is quite simply unprecedented: five terminally ill cancer patients allowed the director access to their final months and days inside the Toronto Grace Health Centre. The result is an unflinching, enormously…
Finding the Achilles Heel
Part of the Series: Cancer
PBS
This episode picks up the story at another moment of buoyant optimism in the cancer world: Scientists believe they have cracked the essential mystery of the malignant cell and the first targeted therapies have been developed, with the promise of…
A Dedicated Life (Zenshin Shosetsuka) - Portrait of Japanese Author Mitsuharu Inoue
Venerated filmmaker Kazou Hara trains his lens on author Mitsuharu Inoue whose sociopolitical novel Chi No Mure (Apart From Life) earned high praise from literary critics. This compelling documentary follows the author as he copes with terminal cancer. From Inoue's…
Second Opinion - Corruption in the Medical Field
This insider documentary chronicles the efforts of whistleblower Ralph W. Moss, PhD to expose a major cancer research center's attempt during the 1970s to conceal the true effectiveness of laetrile, an experimental, low-cost cancer drug.
The End of Life
Part of the Series: Human Body Series
BBC
This episode looks at death and follows Herbie on his final journey as he slowly succumbs to cancer.
On Behalf of our Breasts - The Dark Side of Screening
Breast cancer kills. But are blanket screening programmes that screen all women, rather than those with symptoms, doing more harm than good? Controversially, studies into the effects of these programmes show they do not reduce the risk of dying from…
The Self-Made Man: Rational Suicide
Is it ever rational to choose death? On Independence Day at Stern Ranch, 77-year-old solar energy pioneer Bob Stern finds out he's seriously ill - possibly dying. Meanwhile, an elderly in-law is dying on artificial life support. Bob decides to…
Life Asked Death - Developing Palliative Care in Asia
Life asked Death, "Why do people love me but hate you?" Death responded, "Because you are a beautiful lie and I'm a painful truth." The developing world represents over 80 percent of the world's population. People living in these countries…
Regina’s Gift - A Life and Death Battle with a Brain Tumor
Go inside the minds and hearts of two women - (one surgeon, one patient) as they fight an inoperable brain tumor. Regina's Gift is a sometimes-frightening, sometimes-inspirational documentary film about an internationally renowned College of William and Mary associate professor's…
Dying to do Letterman - A Comedian Chasing His Dream
When 35 year old stand-up comedian Steve Mazan learns he has cancer, he dedicates his life to achieving his dream of performing comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman. As Steve says, 'If you stop chasing your dreams, you're…
Resonance: Beings of Frequency - The Dangers of Mobile Phones
Resonance: Beings of Frequency is the first documentary to investigate the actual mechanisms by which mobile phone technology can cause cancer. The film takes a deeper look at how humanity is reacting to the most profound environmental change the planet…
Luce Mia - Stories from a Leukemia Ward
Five years ago Lucio Vilgierchio was diagnosed with leukemia. His symptoms have abated, and today he has a family and leads a fairly "normal" life. But he is still scared. So he went back to the leukemia ward in search…
Living with Prostate Cancer
Being diagnosed with cancer is an emotionally challenging experience. Some people describe themselves as feeling "numb." Others may feel sorrow, fear, anger, or even guilt if they believe their illness was caused by smoking or poor lifestyle choices. Learning about…
8 videos
Living with Breast Cancer
Being diagnosed with cancer is an emotionally challenging experience. Some people describe themselves as feeling "numb." Others may feel sorrow, fear, anger, or even guilt if they believe their illness was caused by smoking or poor lifestyle choices. Learning about…
8 videos