Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2015-03-30
  • Advisory Rating: TV-14
  • Episodes: 3
  • iTunes Price: USD 8.99
  • iTunes HD Price: USD 13.99


Ken Burns presents this three-part film telling the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The six-hour 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.


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1 Magic Bullets 1:51:33 USD 4.99 Buy on iTunes
2 The Blind Men and the Elephant 1:52:30 USD 4.99 Buy on iTunes
3 Finding the Achilles Heel 1:52:48 USD 4.99 Buy on iTunes



  • Fantastic documentary

    By Zach Daddy
    This is a must see for anyone interested in the history and/or potential cure for cancer. It is so well done. I would have given it 6 stars, if that was an option.
  • Excellent, but very US-focused

    By lsKIWI
    The book "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" was of great importance in educating the public on the advances that have been made in the understanding and treatment of cancers. Yet, one valid criticism was that it was very focused on the research being performed in the US, and did not fully represent the advances being made world-wide. This documentary series could have redressed this imbalance, but failed to do so. In fact, it only added to it. One very obvious example - the amount of time spent discussing the HPV vaccine (marketed as Gardasil, and developed by the group led by Prof. Ian Frazer, an Australian academic). This has to be one of the most profound advances in cancer therapy, with the vaccine giving 100% protection against the HPV types 16 and 18 (which cause the vast majority of cervical cancers). My guess would be that less than one minute was spent on this topic, and Prof. Frazer's name was not mentioned even once. Almost immediately afterward, a three-four minute vignette was presented on Katie Couric's efforts to encourage people to have a colonoscopy. This parochialism benefits no-one, especially the audience.