During the first of three episodes of Ken Burns’ latest documentary, former Director of the National Cancer Institute Dr. Vincent DeVita, shares a memory of his aunt who had developed cancer when he was a child. “She was hidden in the attic,” he recounts with equal amounts of sadness and horror. It’s hard to believe that memories like these are as recent as they are. Just a few generations ago, most cancers were incurable and those with the disease were frequently thought of as contaminated. The very word “cancer” was uttered in hushed tones as if to isolate it from the rest of our day-to-day conversations.

Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies A Film by Barak Goodman, is a six-hour documentary series directed by award-winning filmmaker Goodman and executive produced by Burns, and based on the book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, airing on PBS from March 30 through April 1.

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