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CANCER: The Emperor of all Maladies

Airs March 30 - April 1 on Wyoming PBS.


Wyoming PBS will be hosting two special preview screenings of Ken Burns' latest film series Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Casper College Wheeler Concert Hall and Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Central Wyoming College Little Theater in Riverton.

Following the Casper screening, Geoff O'Gara will moderate a panel discussion with oncologists Dr. John van Doorninck and Dr. John Purviance, along with cancer survivor Judy Murray, Jason's Friends Foundation founder and president Lisa Eades, and Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control outreach coordinator Jessica Perez. Following the preview in Riverton, Wyoming PBS producer Craig Blumenshine will host a panel discussion, which will be broadcast live on Wyoming PBS at 7 p.m. as a special edition of the public affairs call-in show "Wyoming Perspectives" You can view the entire panel discussion here. Panelists will include oncologists Dr. Gregory Marino and Dr. Carmen Pisc, along with cancer survivors Karen Chingman and Mary Roberson, and Wyoming Cancer Resource Services program manager Val Walsh-Haines. Viewers are encouraged to call in their questions during the live show to 800-495-9788, or email questions in advance to cancer@wyomingpbs.org

The The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event from preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C.

This "biography" of cancer - from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic "War on Cancer" in the last century - comes at a moment of inflection in the history of the disease, when scientific breakthroughs have put a cure within reach. The series atches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it.

The story of cancer is a story of scientific hubris, paternalism, and misperception, but it is also a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective and a biographer's passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate film; and a scientific and investigative report.

Panelists (Casper) Discussion, Mar. 25

Geoff O'Gara will host a panel discussion on cancer, following a special screening of the upcoming film on Wyoming PBS: CANCER: The Emperor of all Maladies

Dr. John van Doorninck, MD

Dr. John van Doorninck is a pediatric oncologist based at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, CO. He is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He completed a residency in general pediatrics and advanced training in Pediatric Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He was on faculty at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation before joining the pediatric oncology team at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Dr. John Purviance, MD

Dr. John Purviance comes to Central Wyoming from Tufts-New England Medical Center Radiation Oncology Residency Program in Boston, where he was chief resident from 2006 to 2007. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his Doctorate in Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine. Board-Certified in Radiation Oncology, he has extensive expertise in partial breast irradiation, brachytherapy, IMRT and stereotactic radiosurgery. During his education and continuing today, Dr. Purviance is involved with several research projects including studies in prostate and breast cancers. Dr. Purviance enjoys skiing, hiking and climbing among other sports in his spare time.

Judy Murray

Judy Murray lives in Casper, WY and is a breast cancer survivor. She is 54 years old, married and has 4 children. Judy's passion in this life is being a mom to her four children! In her free time, Judy likes to cook and volunteer. She is a volunteer for Rocky Mountain Oncology and the Angels program.

Lisa Eades

Lisa Eades is the founder and president of Jason's Friends Foundation which assists families throughout the State of Wyoming with children who suffer from brain or spinal cord tumors and childhood cancers. The Foundation works with children from birth through the age of twenty and parent or guardian must be a Wyoming resident.

Jessica Perez

Jessica Perez is the Outreach Coordinator for the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. She has been with the program for 11 years this April. She has seen the state wide cancer coalition grow from 60 to 400+ volunteers, who are interested in making an impact in the fight against cancer in Wyoming. Jessica helped to develop the Wyoming cancer control act of 2007 as well as Wyoming's first childhood cancer camp, Camp Courage Wyoming, in 2012. She is a mother of a 1-year old son and a supporter and caregiver to her fiance who has had CML (Leukemia) for 7 years.

Panelists (Riverton) Discussion, Wyoming Perspectives (live broadcast) Mar. 26

Wyoming PBS producer Craig Blumenshine will host a panel discussion on cancer, following a special screening of the upcoming film on Wyoming PBS: CANCER: The Emperor of all Maladies. The discussion will be broadcast live on Wyoming PBS on March 26 at 7 p.m. as a special edition of the public affairs call-in show Wyoming Perspectives. You can email your questions for the panel to cancer@wyomingpbs.org

Dr. Carmen Pisc, MD

Dr. Carmen L. Pisc received her medical degree from the Carol Dauila Medical School in Bucharest, Romania. After completing a residency and fellowship in Romania, she came to the U.S. to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worchester, Mass., from 1998 to 2001, and a fellowship in Hematology Oncology from 2001 to 2004. From 2004 to 2010, she developed, launched and implemented cancer care clinics and initiatives in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Most recently, Dr. Pisc has worked at Norris-Cotton Cancer Center in Manchester, N.H., where she served as Co-chair of the Cancer Committee, Chairman of the Breast Clinic Manchester and Nashua and Chairman of the Fellow's Journal Club. She is an active member in the American College of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Pisc joins Rocky Mountain Oncology to provide collaborative cancer care to Wyoming residents. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, classical music and the arts.

Dr. Gregory Marino, MD

Dr. Gregory Marino joined the Welch Cancer Center in Sheridan, WY as its hematology oncology specialist in August 2012. He moved here from Anchorage, Alaska where he had been directing a successful hematology oncology program exclusively for the native populations for the past 11 years. He worked with 229 native Alaskan villages in the 600,000 square miles throughout the state.

Dr. Marino completed medical school in Chicago and his internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship in San Diego. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology and he has appointments with eight medical schools. He is passionate about his patients and has special interests in palliative care and medical education.

Mary Roberson

While living in Riverton, in 2008, Mary was threatened with loss of life, loss of family, loss of a future because of stage 4 breast cancer. Dealing with the many phases of cancer treatment, while continuing to teach, forever challenged and changed her attitudes and perspectives about life.

She believes that with faith and the support of the many medical teams, family, and friends with a "Crazy About Life" attitude is still possible during, and especially, after treatment.

Karen J. Chingman

Karen J. Chingman in an Enrollment Director for the Northern Arapahoe Tribe and was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, 2005. She has endured a lumpectomy, six weeks of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation. She feels blessed to be a breast cancer survivor, takes nothing for granted and lives one day at at time. Karen has been married for 36 years, has three sons, two daughters and ten grandchildren.

Val Walsh-Haines

Val Walsh-Haines is a Program Manager for Wyoming Cancer Resource Services, Region 5, which includes Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park, Teton, and Washakie counties. The WCRS mission is to reduce the number of Wyoming residents affected by cancer by providing prevention and early detection education, support services and information, and patient navigation services. Val is also a volunteer for "Casting for Recovery," a national organization that plans and provides annual fly fishing retreats for breast cancer survivors.

Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies A Film by Barak Goodman is made possible by project supporters Genentech, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Siemens, David H. Koch, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Kovler Fund, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) , the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS. Special thanks to our local event partners Jason's Friends Foundation, Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control, Rocky Mountain Oncology, Wyoming Cancer Resource Services, Casper College and Central Wyoming College.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies airs Monday through Wednesday, March 30 through April 1 at 8 p.m. on Wyoming PBS. The series will also be available to view online and on over-the-top devices at video.wyomingpbs.org beginning April 2, 2015.