Community Conversation Will Air on WOSU TV

Contact: Meredith Hart, Marketing & Communications Director

COLUMBUS, OHIO, MARCH 18, 2015 – A panel discussion inspired by the Ken Burns’ directed PBS documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, will feature physicians from The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) along with a local representative from the American Cancer Society. Moderated by Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News, this community conversation will air as a half-hour special before the last segment of the PBS documentary on Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m. on WOSU TV.

Cancer is the fastest growing disease, affecting one in three women and one in two men in their lifetime. Each year, cancer takes the lives of more than a half a million Americans. Soon to be the number one killer on Earth, cancer has touched the lives of almost everyone in one way or another.

The panel for the broadcast special The Emperor of All Maladies: A Conversation of Local Impact will take questions from a studio audience about the latest research on the quest for a cure, changes in legislation to assure treatment for patients, and how cancer impacts central Ohio.

Participating panelists will be:

  • Richard Goldberg, MD
    Physician-in-Chief at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • David Carbone, MD, PhD
    Director, James Thoracic Oncology Center
  • Raphael Pollock MD, PhD
    Director of Surgical Services at The James
  • Jeff Stephens
    Ohio Government Relations, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Watch The Emperor of All Maladies: A Conversation of Local Impact Wednesday April 1 at 8 p.m., only on WOSU TV. For more information on the PBS documentary, please visit: http://cancerfilms.or/.

WOSU TV is a PBS member station (simulcast on WPBO TV in Portsmouth) and features well-known children’s, public affairs, science, and nature programs as well as locally produced shows such asColumbus on the Record and In the Know. WOSU Public Media is a community-supported, noncommercial network of public radio and television stations, and digital services.

About The OSUCCC – James:
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs.

The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 306-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.