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The Cancer Show: Part 2

Today, the impact of cancer is not limited topatients andloved ones,not confined to hospital wards and research labs. It's a powerful symbol appropriated by Hollywood, the news media, and every realm of expression to signify what we most fear. In the second hour of "The Cancer Show,"the stories we tell about cancer: on stage, on the big screen, and online. This week’s On The Media is part of WNYC’s Living Cancer Series, a radio companion to “Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All...


The Cancer Show: Part I

Over the last2,500 years, cancer has shifted from a disease in the shadows to one at the center of scientific research and public discussion. In the first of two special episodes, On the Media dives deep into the way wetalkabout cancer: in the news, in the hospital, and in our private lives. This week’s On The Media is part of WNYC’s Living Cancer Series, a radio companion to “Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, coming to PBS March 30th. Support for Living Cancer is...


Why a Skin Cancer Drug Is Treating This Woman’s Brain Tumor

In November 2013, MaryAnn Anselmo was recovering from a horrific traffic accident. She's a jazz singer, who lives with her husband, Joseph Anselmo, in Morganville, New Jersey. During her recovery, she started feeling dizzy one afternoon, and her husband insisted she go back to the doctor. An MRI revealed that she had a glioblastoma, a brain tumor. “You start doing research on that type of tumor and you’re saying, ‘Oh my god, you’re history.’ It’s like a death sentence,” Anselmo said. Only...


When Stage IV Cancer Lasts 15 Years

Dixie Josephson was 56 when she was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer. She’s 71 now, but the cancer is still with her. Josephson’s story is one shared by other fortunate cancer patients.Advances in treatment mean that people like Josephson can live longer with their disease. Still, the 5-year survival rate for metastatic ovarian cancer is 27 percent, putting Josephson in the minority. And the treatments that have extended her life have taken a toll on her and her family. “OK,...


Cancer Changed Ken Jeong's Comedy

Ken Jeong describes his role in the 2009 blockbuster The Hangover as "the mostobscene love letter to a spouse one could ever have.” He pepperedhisdialogue with bits of Vietnamese as an inside joke with his wife Tran. Ken met his wife while they were both practicing medicine at the same hospital in Los Angeles. Ken had always done comedy on the side.He even performed midnight improv while he was working up to 100 hours a week during his medical residency. But after he and Tran married, he...


Talking About Cancer, Then and Now

Today, cancer tends to be spoken about with openness. But 60years ago, the medicalapproach to the diagnosis and prognosis of cancer was frequently a matter of how to deliver the worst news in the best possible way. In the 1950s, WNYC Radio and The New York Academy of Medicine produced a series of "Cancer Alerts" for doctors. According to Dr. Harold Sage, a surgeon at Bellevue Hospital and member of the New York Cancer Society at the time, the medical community feared thata patient would...


Prostate Cancer Survival Divides White & Black Men

Blackmen are more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to die from prostate cancer. It's the kind of survival gap we've seen before. The Takeawaychronicled the black-white survival divide for women with breast cancer in our six-month-long audio storytelling series,"Under Her Skin: Living with Breast Cancer." Today we look at the mysteries behind the prostate cancer survival divide with WNYC's "Living Cancer" series.The series aims to go beyond the evolving science of cancer...