Ken Burns’ cancer film highlights Pittsburgh research

March 30, 2015 4:20 AM

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Ken Burns was 11 when his mother died of breast cancer, so the topic has been churning in his mind since childhood.

But it took Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” to inspire his latest project. With the book in hand, Sharon Rockefeller of WETA-TV in Washington, D.C., pressed Mr. Burns to do a documentary based on the book, and after reading it...

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