Science and Nature

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies 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.

Terri's Story

19m 44s

Terri Rodighiero, a nurse, was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a difficult cancer to treat. This is her story.


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    Terri's Story

    19m 44s

    Terri Rodighiero, a nurse, was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a difficult cancer to treat. This is her story.

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    Cancer: A Conversation

    28m 17s

    This 30-minute special features a roundtable conversation hosted by Katie Couric of Yahoo! News and co-founder of “Stand Up To Cancer.” Couric interviews Ken Burns; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA and a cancer survivor; and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book upon which the film is based.

Extras + Features

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    Scientific Proof

    S1 - 4m 19s

    Scientists are finally able to prove the health hazards of smoking.

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    Cancer Montage

    S1 - 1m 46s

    A selection of interviews from the film, including patients, doctors and caregivers.

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    Jeannie Joseph

    S1 - 2m 17s

    Find out about Jeannie Joseph's story. She says, "you've got to keep fighting."

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    Keith Friend

    S1 - 3m 14s

    In loving memory of Keith Friend - A great spirit and inspiration.

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    Terrence Howard

    S1 - 3m 6s

    Academy Award-nominated actor Terrence Howard talks about his emotions around his mother’s death and vows to destroy cancer in her honor.

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    Dr. Wilson

    S1 - 4m 40s

    Dr. Lori Wilson is a surgical oncologist that has double breast cancer.

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    Official Trailer

    S1 - 6m 12s

    THE STORY OF 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 historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.

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    Sue Taylor

    S1 - 3m 24s

    Dr. Taylor lost her brother at a very young age to cancer.

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    Lew Klein

    S1 - 1m 43s

    Lew Klein finds the humor in everything, even a cancer diagnosis. He talks about coming out to his friends with cancer and how his favorite responses are not what we would expect.

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