Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies


  • Prevention and Fairness Doctrine | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Anti-Tobacco ads began running in the late 1960s under the Fairness Doctrine. The fight against cancer turns towards prevention, which opens new doors in combating the disease. Now, rather than a issue of biology and medicine, it became an issue of psychology and advertising.
    Grades: 6-12
  • What is Cancer? | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Cancer is the fastest growing disease on earth. Learn about the impact, both for individuals and for society.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Robert Sandler | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    In 1947 Robert Sandler received his first injection of controversial amniopterin. Within weeks, Robert began to show results as his status improved; what we now commonly refer to as 'remission.'

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dr. Bernard Fisher | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    For decades, the radical mastechtomy served as the most common procedure used in breast cancer operations. As a revolutionary in his field, Doctor Bernard Fisher believed in a new treatment, a lumpechtomy, rather than mastechtomy for treating breast cancer.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dr. Robert Weinberg | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    One of the most impressive breakthroughs in the understanding of cancer was the oncogene: a gene that controls normal, safe cellular growth that can undergo a mutation, therefore becoming cancerous. Robert Weinberg developed experiments to identify the first human oncogene, the Ras Oncogene.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Advertising Cigarettes | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    The theory of chemical carcinogenesis, and the link between tobacco consumption and disease, was unknown for a large part of the 20th Century. Advertisements for tobacco skyrocketed after World War I, resulting in an unprecedented increase in lung cancer.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Scientific Proof | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    It wasn't until the 1940s that scientists were finally able to prove the health hazards of smoking.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Bonding between Patient and Doctor | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Dr. Lori Wilson discusses her philosophy in treating her patients. Tracking the progress of cancer recovery is challenging, but with both advancing medicine and strong patient-doctor relations, there's the potential for extraordinary success.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why is Cancer So Difficult to Cure? | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Cancer cells are constantly mutating within your body. Treatment is a dynamic concept, both between different people and even within the same patient, become drug resistance is a common trait of the disease's evolution.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dr. Wilson | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Dr. Lori Wilson is an oncologist who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She survived and continues to practice as a surgical oncologist. She talks about the importance having an open and supportive relationship between doctors and their patients.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Causes of cancer | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    After smoking and obesity, the causes of cancer remain elusive and varied. Between radiation, a few viruses, and carcinogens like asbestos, scientists have only been able to understand forty percent of all diagnosed cases.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cancer treatment today | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Targeted therapies have made a significant difference in the fight against cancer, with help from prevention and increased detection. Researchers have recently been able to further our understanding of the disease, now able to make predictions about the seemingly 'random' patterns that occur within cancerous tissues.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Evolution in a Bottle | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    With new advancements in genetic sequencing, doctors will soon be able to map all the genes and pathways within any patients cancer. This would allow treatment to be individualized, much like the approach to treating many infectious diseases but is largely unheard of in oncology.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Future of Cancer Treatment | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    The future of cancer research and treatment is optimistic. Now that scientists are able to fully understand the disease, development into more advanced treatments is the next mission that oncologists must face.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cigarette Infographic | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    This video infographic charts the decline of smoking though the decades, from the last smoking advertisement in 1971 through to the 1980s and 1990s, when awareness of the link between smoking and cancer continued to grow in the public eye.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Palliative Care | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Some doctors and patients need to deal with end of life prognosis and choices. New advancements in targeted therapies represent great progress in cancer treatment, but a large majority of cancer diagnoses are still treated with traditional chemotherapy. Dr. Suzanne Cole discusses the role of palliative care in relapsed and metastatic cancer.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dr. Suzanne Cole | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Dr. Cole works with patients who are dealing with end-of-life choices.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Mary-Claire King | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    In the 1970s, Mary Claire King began investigating genetic links of cancer in families, and discovered the genetic mutation that causes breast cancer, proving that certain types of breast cancers are genetic diseases.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dr. Sidney Farber | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Robert Sandler, a young leukemia patient, is placed under the care of oncologist Sidney Farber at Children's Hospital in Boston. Farber strives for a cure, but undergoes some very questionable methods using experimental chemicals in order to make progress in treating the disease.

    Grades: 6-12

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