Ken Burns tackles history of cancer

March 30, 2015 5:52 PM

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Ken Burns' new documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, marks a contrast to the historical documentaries for which he's best known. Unlike the Civil War or the Roosevelt presidencies, the story of cancer doesn't yet have an ending.

Burns, the film's executive producer, says his approach changed as he learned more about the history of cancer research, and the challenges facing doctors and patients today.

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