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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,…
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…
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…
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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…
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…
All in Her Stride - A Cancer Patient Advocates for Voluntary Euthanasia
Leverne McDonnell was an Australian actor who died in 2013 from pancreatic cancer. ALL IN HER STRIDE depicts elements of her life and documents her facing death, with her consideration of the topic of euthanasia. While voluntary euthanasia has been…
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…
The Match
Part of the Series: Life on the Line - Coping with Natural Disasters, Disability and Illness- Season 2
A childhood friendship--and Facebook--could save John Brannon's life. While on the brink of kidney failure, John reunites with an old friend who suddenly realizes that she has the ability to save him through organ transplantation. Meanwhile in the same hospital,…
Unexpected Journey - From Cancer to a Higher Calling
Walk hand-in-hand with four different cancer patients and survivors who discover new meaning and purpose to their lives as they face the unknown future during their battles. From hearing the news from their physician, to going through chemotherapy, to battling…
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 Breast Cancer Diaries - A Young Mother's Struggle with Cancer
For ten years, Ann Murray Paige covered the news--but for the biggest story of her life she turned the camera on herself. When Murray-Paige, a former local news reporter and anchor, is diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of…