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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies | Panel Discussion

March 18, 2015

On March 17, KCTS 9 hosted a panel discussion featuring Barak Goodman, filmmaker of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies; researchers Frederick R. Appelbaum, M.D., Executive Vice President and Deputy Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington School of Medicine; Dr. Philip Greenberg, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Scientific Advisory Council of the Cancer Research Institute; and cancer survivor Wendy Weeks. Moderated by Don Antonucci, Co-Chair, American Cancer Society's CEOs Against Cancer — Washington State Chapter. The event took place at Town Hall Seattle

CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES is a three-part, six-hour major television event produced and directed by filmmaker Barak Goodman and presented by preeminent documentarian Ken Burns.


About the Panelists and the Moderator


Barak Goodman - Filmmaker

Barak Goodman, Filmmaker

Barak Goodman is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director and writer with the company. His films for Ark Media have been nominated for an Academy Award; won multiple Emmy Awards and Writers Guild Awards, the DuPont-Columbia and Peabody Awards, and the RFK Journalism Prize; and have twice been official selections at the Sundance Film Festival.


DR. Frederick Appelbaum - Researcher

Frederick R. Appelbaum, M.D., Executive Vice President and Deputy Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; President and Executive Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine

With landmark contributions in the field of biology and treatment of leukemias, lymphomas and other blood cancers, Dr. Appelbaum has helped to develop Fred Hutch’s world-renowned transplant program and to lead the implementation of key scientific strategies and partnerships that help ensure the center’s advances are shared with the wider community. Dr. Appelbaum was instrumental in establishing Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which unites the cancer care and research programs of Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. SCCA, formed in 1998, offers patients from around the world access to the most promising new treatment options. 


Dr. Phil Greenberg - Researcher

Dr. Philip Greenberg, Head of Immunology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Philip Greenberg is a world expert in discovering how disease-fighting immune cells known as T cells can be manipulated to treat a range of cancers. After earning his M.D. from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Greenberg undertook his residency and a fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. He joined Fred Hutch as a Senior Fellow in 1976 and has had joint appointments at Fred Hutch and at the University of Washington since then. Dr. Greenberg has played a role on numerous national committees and boards, and he is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Cancer Research Institute.


Wendy Weeks - Survivor

Wendy Weeks, Cancer Survivor

Wendy is a trusted colleague, a loving mom — and a stage 3B lobular breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed in 2010, Wendy opted to undergo a single-side mastectomy, followed by several months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She continues to fight her diagnosis — she has undergone breast reconstruction, and is currently completing a series of cancer prevention drugs on a ten-year plan to be completed in 2020. Wendy has been a part of the Boeing family for the past 17 years, serving in customer training for both commercial and military customers; she currently manages new business offerings for the company. 




Don Antonucci - MODERATOR

Don Antonucci, Co-Chair, American Cancer Society's CEOs Against Cancer — Washington State Chapter

As the President of Regence BlueShield in Washington, Don Antonucci leads strategy and execution for the Washington plan and is responsible for directing and guiding statewide operations and market performance, while representing and promoting Regence in business and civic arenas. Currently, Mr. Antonucci serves as Co-Chair of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer — Washington State Chapter. He is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland and has a master’s degree in public policy analysis and administration from Binghamton University, SUNY.






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Upcoming Events

Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies
Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 6:00pm, The Seasons Yakima (Speakers TBA)