By Molly McGuiness
Since 1960, the overall five-year relative survival rate for leukemia patients has more than quadrupled. It’s one of the great success stories of cancer research.
Why have doctors and scientists seen such progress in treating this form of cancer, which was once invariably fatal?
The new PBS documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” a six-hour, three-part film series presented by the filmmaker Ken Burns and based on the book by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, takes a closer look at cancer success stories and reveals the lessons they teach about fighting this deadly disease.
Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric sat down with Ken Burns and Dr. Mukherjee to talk about the film and why childhood cancers could hold the key to a cure.
By the 1940s, scientists in cancer research had discovered that the only way to treat leukemia was to stop the growth of white blood cells.
“It demanded a chemical therapy, a systemic therapy to solve the problem,” saysRead More »from Childhood cancers: Unlocking the cure