A new, 1-hour television documentary features conversations with some
of the nearly 10 million American cancer survivors. Narrated by
Academy Award-winning actress Anne Bancroft and filmed at the Mayo
Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, this telecast recounts
the experiences of those who have been diagnosed with cancer,
undergone treatment, and now live full and healthy lives.
Living With Cancer: A Message of Hope debuts nationally on
PBS, Friday, September 25 at 9 pm. (Viewers should check local
listings.) The show is being broadcast on the eve of "The March
. . . Coming Together To Conquer Cancer," a major national
awareness march associated with the National Coalition for Cancer
Survivorship, taking place in Washington, DC, on Saturday, September 26.
"A cancer diagnosis shakes you to your core--but it doesnt
have to be a death sentence," said Fred Silverman, producer,
director, and, with Howard Sharp, co-writer of the film. "Our
documentary reveals remarkable new advances in treatment and a world
of optimism and realistic hope for cancer patients.
Insights From Experts
The program follows the experiences of patients and medical
professionals as they work together to cope with and, hopefully,
arrest the disease. In addition, leading cancer experts, including
Franklyn Prendergast, MD, PhD, Director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer
Center, share new research and insights on treatment, and provide an
overview of causes and preventive steps to lower the risk of
developing one of the more than 150 diseases that are now classified
"What amazed me, working on this film, was how when faced with
cancer, each person automatically became focused on what he or she
most valued," Silverman commented. "In each case, it was a
pretty short list."
Living With Cancer: A Message of Hope is a production of
Silverman Communications, Inc, and is being presented on PBS by
KTCA-TV, St. Paul-Minneapolis.