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VICC set to host preview of PBS cancer documentary

Mar. 12, 2015, 8:34 AM

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, along with Nashville Public Television (NPT), the American Cancer Society and Gilda’s Club Nashville, will sponsor a special community event to preview an upcoming PBS television documentary on cancer. The free event will feature a 40-minute preview of the upcoming special, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a three-part documentary by Barak Goodman, presented by Ken Burns.

NPT will air the six-hour television event from well-known documentary filmmaker Burns that is based on the best-selling book by cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, New York. Mukherjee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for the nonfiction work “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”

The preview event will be held Wednesday, March 25, 6- 7:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. South.

The documentary will air March 30 – April 1 on NPT. The station will also air three short clips that localize the documentary’s content and feature representatives from each of the partner organizations.

During the preview event there will be a discussion and question-and-answer session with panelists representing cancer research, survivorship and volunteerism.

Panelists include Carlos L. Arteaga, M.D., director of the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies and director of the Breast Cancer Program at VICC; Felice Apolinsky, LCSW, program director at Gilda’s Club Nashville; and Chris Brown, American Cancer Society volunteer and chairman of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society Nashville.

Complimentary valet parking is available, along with free parking in the 25th Avenue parking garage for the preview event, which is open to the public. To reserve a seat, RSVP at

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