Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

This series tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions.

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Finding The Achilles Heel

01:56:46 | #103 | TV-14

By the second decade of the 2000s, the bewildering complexity of the cancer cell yields to a more ordered picture, revealing new vulnerabilities and avenues of attack. Scientists are now excited by the prospect of harnessing the human immune system to defeat cancer.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

01:56:46 | #102 | TV-14

The search for a cure for cancer in the wake of the declaration of a "war on cancer" by Richard Nixon in 1971 is examined. Not until the late 1990s do advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies with breakthrough drugs.

Magic Bullets

01:56:46 | #101 | TV-14

Sidney Farber introduced the modern era of chemotherapy in the late 1940s, eventually galvanizing a "war on cancer."

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