From Medscape Special Reports

Special Report: Emperor -- The Book, the Film, the Issues

March 25, 2015

Video Interviews

Mukherjee and Hudis on Emperor's Journey to PBS
Oncologists Cliff Hudis, past president of ASCO, and Sid Mukherjee talk about the PBS documentary adapted from Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies.

Emperor in Close-Up: A Talk With the Director
Dr Harold Burstein gets an oncologist's behind-the- cameras view of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, from Barak Goodman, director of the Ken Burns documentary.

Psycho-oncology: Treating the Organ Affected by Every Cancer
Jimmie Holland, MD, a pioneer of psycho-oncology who was featured in the PBS documentary 'Cancer,' discusses the importance of treating the patient as well as the cancer--and how little time it takes.


Waves of Emotion, Understanding After PBS Cancer
Dr John Marshall asks clinicians to be mindful of the emotional response cancer patients will have to the PBS Cancer documentary—and to use heightened public awareness to push for research funding.

Indignity of Cancer Therapy (and What to Do About It)
How does surviving cancer change an oncologist's view of cancer care? Dr Laura Liberman shares her insights with Dr Lidia Schapira on making personalized medicine more personal for the patient.

Today's Cancer Research Pioneers
More than 50 years after the introduction of chemotherapy, a new wave of researchers seek to radically advance cancer treatments.

The Patient as Research Partner
Oncologists recall the critical role that patients have played in their research and clinical knowledge.

News coverage

Documentary Captures 'Heroics' of Oncologists, Patients
'The Emperor of All Maladies' documentary will raise awareness of what cancer is all about and will make people better appreciate cancer specialists.

Cancer Looms Large on US Television and Radio
Cancer is having an extended spot in the limelight, with both television and radio in the US bringing many cancer issues to the attention of the public.

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Editor's Note

The PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies spotlights the false starts and breakthroughs in 100 years of cancer research. Interviews with the filmmakers and leading oncologists explore the making of the film and the future of cancer research.
— Nancy Terry, Editorial Director, Medscape Oncology

Live Chat

  • Emperor of All Maladies Live Chat In conjunction with Ken Burns' documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Medscape hosted a live chat while the documentary aired on PBS, March 30-April 1.