UNC-TV broadcasts feature UNC doctors, Lineberger’s cancer survivorship director

To lead into segments of PBS’ three-part series “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” UNC-TV planned broadcasts featuring health care providers from UNC.

UNC-TV planned to feature University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill health care providers in two different broadcasts the week of March 30 in connection with the release of PBS’ documentary series “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

Two of UNC’s physician-musicians were in the spotlight with the airing of “No Evidence of Disease,” a documentary film highlighting the doctors’ work to raise cancer awareness through music. UNC-TV aired Spark Media’s documentary about N.E.D., the rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons.

The band was formed to develop original music, to bring together cancer survivors and to raise awareness about gynecologic cancers. Band members include UNC’s own Dr. John Boggess, MD, a UNC Lineberger member and associate professor in UNC’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Dr. John Soper, MD, a professor of gynecologic oncology in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

“The film was produced to break the unacceptable silence on gynecologic cancers, which remain dangerously hidden and taboo,” said Andrea Kalin, the documentary’s producer and director, in an email. “In this area, what you don’t know can hurt you, and women have every prerogative to educate and empower themselves. All women are vulnerable, all need to know more.”

The documentary was broadcast March 30 on UNC-TV as a lead-in to the first installment of the PBS series “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series tells the story of cancer from discovery to present-day efforts to fight the disease. The series will continued with segments airing the following two days.

Later in the week, UNC Lineberger’s Director of Cancer Survivorship Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, was featured in a UNC-TV broadcast. Mayer is a UNC Lineberger member and a professor in the UNC School of Nursing Adult and Geriatric Health Division. UNC-TV’s broadcast “Cancer: Focus on Life” featuref a panel of both cancer survivors and experts.

Get more information about the documentary “No Evidence of Disease,” click here. For more information about PBS’ documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” go here. And to see UNC-TV’s schedule, you can click here.