Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies

April 2018

S1 Ep2 - The Blind Men And The Elephant

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In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a 'war on cancer'. Flush with optimism and awash with federal dollars, the cancer field plunged forward in search of a cure, leading to the revolutionary discovery of the genetic basis of cancer. But it's not until the late 1990s that advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies. Following this history, the story of Dr Lori Wilson, a surgical oncologist who is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2014, deals with emotional and ...

S1 Ep1 - Magic Bullets

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The search for a cure for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science. This episode follows the story of Sidney Farber, who introduced chemotherapy in the late 1940s, galvanising a full-scale national war on cancer. Fast-forward to the present where 14-month-old Olivia Blair is diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which spreads to her brain and spinal column. She and her parents struggle with the hardships, but now in full remission almost a year after her diagnosis, s...
February 2017

S1 Ep3 - Find The Achilles Heel

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Scientists believe they have cracked the essential mystery of the malignant cell and the first targeted therapies have been developed. But cancer reveals new layers of complexity and unforeseen defences. Many call for a new focus on prevention and early detection, but other scientists are undeterred. By the second decade of the 2000s, the cancer cell reveals new vulnerabilities and avenues of attack. This episode includes patients Doug Rogers, a 60-year-old NASCAR mechanic with melanoma, and Em...