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AETN, UAMS to host screening, panel discussion

Posted 04 Mar 2015

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) invite the public to a free preview of 'Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,' a series produced by Ken Burns, Monday, March 9, from 4-6 p.m. The screening will be held at the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, 501 Jack Stephens Drive, Little Rock, in the Fred Smith Conference Center on the 12th floor.

'Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies' tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought lasting cures within sight.

This free screening will include the first hour of the series, followed by a one hour panel discussion. Panelists include: Peter Emanuel, M.D., director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, who specializes in leukemia and lymphoma; Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., breast cancer surgeon and director of the UAMS Breast Cancer Program; Matthew Steliga, M.D., a UAMS cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in lung cancer, tumors of the chest and esophageal cancer; and Issam Makhoul, M.D., a UAMS medical oncologist specializing in breast and gastrointestinal cancers.

Parking will be available in Parking 3 at the corner of West Capitol and Cedar Street. A small parking fee will apply to parking decks.

'Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,' a three-part documentary series directed by Barak Goodman and executive produced by Burns, will air on AETN Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1, at 8 each night. A collaboration of Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media, the series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer' (Simon & Schuster 2010) by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.

The film includes three episodes:

In addition to the television broadcast premiere, WETA has launched, an expansive website with social and interactive media components created in conjunction with the documentary, including an innovative short film series executive produced by Burns and created by Redglass Pictures, featuring individual cancer patients and caregivers.

The interactive website includes a mixture of produced and user-generated content exploring the three intermingled strands of the series: a riveting historical documentary, an engrossing and intimate vérité film that focuses on current patients, and a scientific report. The website is intended for the vast cancer community of patients and survivors, family members, caregivers, scientists, clinicians and other healthcare providers , as well as the public at large. Participants can share their stories now at, engage with the project on Twitter via @CancerFilm or #CancerFilm, and visit the project on Facebook at

Production supporters include 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.

UAMS is the state's only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,890 students and 782 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).