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Johnson Cancer Research Center hosts PBS cancer documentary screening, community resource fair March 28

Thursday, March 12, 2015


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center will host a preview screening of the PBS documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the auditorium of the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.

The event, which is cosponsored by KTWU, the PBS station in Topeka, will begin with an informational fair featuring local cancer-related agencies and organizations, followed by the one-hour film preview. The public is invited and admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

The documentary, produced by preeminent filmmaker Ken Burns, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The three-part, six-hour film will air on PBS stations March 30 and 31 and April 1.

According to PBS, the documentary examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective and a biographer's passion. The series weaves three different films in one: a historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.

Agencies and organizations exhibiting at the event include Mercy Regional Health Center, North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, Manhattan Homecare & Hospice, Riley County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Early Detection Works, American Cancer Society, Midwest Cancer Alliance and the Johnson Cancer Research Center.

Exhibits will offer information on advanced directives and palliative care, end-of-life issues, caregiving, cancer detection tests, state assistance for breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up care, supportive programs for cancer survivors, skin damage screening and cancer research at Kansas State University.

More details about the event are at http://cancer.k-state.edu/newsevents/cancerdocumentary.html.

The Johnson Cancer Research Center supports Kansas State University faculty and student cancer research and training as well as public outreach. Its programs are made possible through private donations. More information is at http://cancer.k-state.edu.

Written by

Marcia Locke

At a glance

A free preview screening of the PBS cancer documentary"Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" by Ken Burns will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Manhattan Public Library.