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PBS documentary series tackles the past, present, and future of cancer




Cancer patient Joseph Durant (bottom) lays down before targeted radiation treatment at the Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center August 4, 2010 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Health care providers around the country are increasingly specializing their care by creating distinct treatment centers for various disorders and acquiring the latest high-tech medical equipment.
Cancer patient Joseph Durant (bottom) lays down before targeted radiation treatment at the Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center August 4, 2010 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Health care providers around the country are increasingly specializing their care by creating distinct treatment centers for various disorders and acquiring the latest high-tech medical equipment.
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Produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman, a new three-part documentary series on cancer begins on PBS tonight.

Based on the book by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee of the same name, the series takes a broad look at the history of cancer during the past century, focuses on how it affects the lives of millions today, and explores the future of cancer and the research that is racing against time to treat it.

Part 1 of "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" will be shown on PBS stations across the country. For Southern California viewers, you can catch the program on KOCE tonight at 9pm.

You can watch the official trailer for the series HERE

Guests:

Barak Goodman, director and producer of the PBS documentary series "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"