The Truth about Cancer

Hey Mutineers – 1H’08 biz travel has me on the road so I missed the first airing of a documentary that many of you will be interested in.

The Truth About Cancer is a PBS documentary highlighting the current status of the War on Cancer and conveys the personal stories of several cancer patients including our own Vinay. Some of Vinay’s program segments are viewable on the web here, here and here.

VINAY CHAKRAVARTHY: This is to donor ID 068842004. Don’t know who you are, but you’ve just done something great for myself and for humanity by giving a life back, and I really, really, really am grateful to you and indebted to you forever.

Thankfully, my trusty Tivo has found at least one more airing of the entire program in the Bay Area and the program’s website lists repeat showings in other markets. Set your DVR’s.

The Truth About Cancer

Filmmaker Linda Garmon documents stories from patients, doctors, researchers and patient advocates at the same hospitals where her husband was treated for cancer.

Sat 4/19 3:00 AM

9 KQED


It’s a tiny bit of a non-sequiter but not quite worth it’s own post; as long as your setting your Tivo’s etc., Kal Penn is on Leno tonight!

11 thoughts on “The Truth about Cancer

  1. Good to see Vinay and his wife after reading so many articles about them over the past year.

    Very good program.

  2. vinod:

    i posted it on the newstab 3 days ago, and am surprised none of the other people picked it up.

  3. I don’t like the phrase “War on Cancer.” It is misleading. It insinuates that you can have total control over life processes, when all we can hope for is delay (at a population level).

  4. i posted it on the newstab 3 days ago, and am surprised none of the other people picked it up.

    Alas, I can only speak for myself but I’ve been under water the past few days otherwise I’d have eagerly posted it in time for the original airing..

    In any case, I / we def. appreciate the heads up & use of the news tab ;-)

  5. 2 · chick pea said

    i posted it on the newstab 3 days ago, and am surprised none of the other people picked it up.

    What was the point of this comment? To fish for a thank you? To shame the “other people” for not being your blogger monkeys? And what’s more important, that it got blogged or that you didn’t get a hat tip?

  6. Thank you Malathi.

    “I don’t like the phrase “War on Cancer.” It is misleading. It insinuates that you can have total control over life processes, when all we can hope for is delay (at a population level).”

    Well said. My husband was diagnosed a little over a year ago. I know eventually it will take him. I hope it will be after a long, fulfilling life with his wife and daughter, but we can’t control that. I always find myself hurt when people just assume he is totally healed because he is in remission. I know people don’t like to speak of illness and death (even those closest to us) but to belittle his long, difficult battle of many months of chemo and 4 very major surgeries by saying , “oh it’s over, he won his battle” is not cool.

    Sorry, had to vent. Thanks for spreading the word about the documentary. I’ll surely watch.

  7. Thank you for posting this. I saw only 5 and 11 and already it is so hard to even watch the clips. I will most certainly tape the entire and watch it. The doctors are truly miracle makers and for families of Vinay and Nirali and all others, we send our best wishes and blessings and hope and pray that the miracle drug is found soon.

  8. The cancer show was pretty enlightening, just about what patients go through, can’t imagine it.

    Penn/Cho on Leno was okay, actually talked about Penn’s teaching and his treatment at airports in a way that wasn’t entirely ha ha hee hee too.

  9. I saw this posted yesterday night and thought to myself- i really hope i get to watch this documentary. and then -truly- forgot all about it. as the night passed…in a fit of insomniac-iness i decided to turn the tv onto pbs—only to flip right at the beginning of this beautifully sensitive documentary about cancer. i really liked it. and i liked it because it was about people and the lived lives of those who are affected by cancer…and interweaved within – the story of cancer as well.