Cancer and inspiration: two words you don’t normally hear uttered in the same sentence. It wasn’t long ago that being diagnosed with cancer was viewed as an almost certain death sentence. That’s not the case anymore, as the attitude of Americans has shifted to one of hope and promise thanks in part to new paths for cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
This attitude change is the focus of a new documentary HealthPartners co-produced with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). “Living Beyond Cancer: A Celebration” will premier on TPT-2 at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 30, and will profile the stories of five Minnesotans and their personal experience with cancer. While each is at a different stage in their journey, they all share a common passion to live beyond cancer with courage, perseverance and optimism.
The truth is, we are all affected by cancer in one way or another — whether it’s ourselves, or through a family member or friend. Today, there are more Americans living with cancer than ever before. It’s estimated 14.5 million people in the United States have a history of cancer. Experts predict that number will only grow as more than 1 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed this year alone.
Two physicians from our organization, Brian Rank, MD, Executive Medical Director, and Dan Anderson, MD, an oncologist, will also appear in the program as panel guests. They will both share insight into how medical experts are approaching cancer treatment and research.
“Living Beyond Cancer: A Celebration” will air on TPT-2 at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 30, after the premier of a new three-part PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns that explores the history of cancer. Each part will run at 8 p.m. Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1. We hope you are able to watch both.