Special Screening of "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

Special Screening of "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a free screening of select excerpts of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies followed by a panel discussion.

WXXI is pleased to host a special screening of excerpts from the 6-hour docu-series, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies  at the Little Theatre on Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.  The series, presented by Ken Burns and produced by Barak Goodman, tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within sight of lasting cures.

Check out this video with executive producer Ken Burns and author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Michelle Faust of WXXI News.


Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., is director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. Friedberg received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his postgraduate training included an internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also completed a medical oncology and hematology fellowship at Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care in Boston. His research interests focus on the development of novel therapies for patients with lymphoma.

Jason Buitrago was diagnosed with testicular cancer shortly before he graduated in May 2014. He underwent a rigorous 12-week chemotherapy regimen during the summer and spent a tremendous amount of time under the care of the Wilmot Cancer Center nursing staff and his oncologist, Dr. Fung. Now in remission, Jason maintains his role at the Simon Business School as an assistant director of operations, continues his PhD program at UR, and volunteers to help other patients navigate their experiences with this disease. He attributes his determination and success to both his fiancé, Chris, and his puppy, Gus.

Ann Savastano is currently the  director of the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House in Rochester. She has been on staff at the American Cancer Society for over 17 years. Her other roles included director, Patient & Family Services, where she had oversight of our Rochester market support initiatives such as “Look Good, Feel Better”, “Reach to Recovery” and our “Cancer Resource Volunteer”  program.  She has a B.S. degree from Niagara University. She is also a 34 year breast cancer survivor (diagnosed at age 25).

Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies A Film by Barak Goodman is made possible by project supporters Genentech, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Siemens, David H. Koch, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Kovler Fund, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

The Rochester chapter of the American Cancer Society and B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge is WXXI's partner in the local presentation of this docu-series.

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