Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Event - Johnston



Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event from preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made. This “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer it. 

IPTV partnered with the American Cancer Society, Iowa Cancer Consortium and the Iowa Department of Public Health for three film previews and local expert panel discussions in Carroll, Iowa City and Johnston. 

Each event included a reception, a 40-minute preview of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies and a local expert panel discussion to address local issues and the past, present and future of cancer research and treatment issues. 

The three-part, six-hour documentary series will air on statewide IPTV March 30, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a production of Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures, and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media. The film trailer can be viewed at


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American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering. 

Iowa Cancer Consortium
The Iowa Cancer Consortium (ICC) is a partnership of researchers, legislators, health care providers, faith-based organizations, public health professionals, caregivers, cancer survivors, volunteers and many other Iowans who work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa. The ICC has hundreds of partners across the state of Iowa. 

Iowa Department of Public Health
The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is part of the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (ICCCP). The ICCCP is a collaborative process where the community combines resources to reduce the burden of cancer by working to prevent cancer from occurring; find it in its earliest stages; improve the accessibility, availability and quality of cancer treatment services and programs; and enhance optimal quality of life for people impacted by cancer.