A new, three-part documentary begins tonight on public television. The subject is cancer, and the executive producer is Ken Burns.
“Our film project, The Emperor of All Maladies is about as close to the bone as filmmaking gets for me. There was never a moment in my awareness as a human being that I didn’t know something was desperately wrong with my mother. She died when I was 11, almost 12 years old. “
The program features research scientists and doctors.
Scientists at the University of Virginia have made what could be an important breakthrough in treating cancer. They’ve discovered a substance released by lung cancer cells that enables them to spread – beginning their deadly march to other parts of the body. Biochemist Marty Mayo says finding that substance, called Activin A, could lead to a simple blood test for certain cancers.
There’s more proof that working night shifts can be harmful to your health. A new study identifies a molecule that affects a tumor suppressor gene when normal sleep cycles are disrupted over a long period of time.
A research team at the University of Virginia reports possible progress in fighting ovarian, breast, uterine, renal, head and neck and pancreatic cancers, and if you’re a taxpayer in Virginia, you’re an investor.
Dr. John Herr is a specialist in human reproduction, and he’s identified a specific protein on the surface of mature human eggs. Search other places in the bodies of men and women, and you won’t find that protein – unless the individuals in question have cancer. Herr and Dr. Eusebio Pires report the protein, called SAS1B, shows up on many different tumors: