Cancer series can direct focus to what's important

March 30, 2015 5:26 PM

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Cancer series can direct focus to what's important

When PBS's three-part documentary based on Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer debuts tonight, the public will get to know cancer as a shadowy and deviously brilliant historical figure that has been killing and maiming men, women, and children since the beginning of recorded history. Understanding and finding cures for cancer has obsessed generations of healers, scientists, fund-raisers, politicians, and entrepreneurs.

As a patient advocate and someone who has watched cancer steal and forever change the lives of family and friends, I hope the film will help redirect some of today's damaging conversations about, for example, which cancers are "better" to have and whether people with cancer ought to share the graphi...

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