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Ken Burns tackles history of cancer
USA Today

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.

“When we first started talking about it, we had this unbelievable optimism that we were on this cusp” of a new era, Burns says.