This episode picks up the story in the wake of the declaration of a “war on cancer” by Richard Nixon in 1971 and the search for a cure. In the lab, rapid progress is made in understanding the essential nature of the cancer cell, leading to the revolutionary discovery of the genetic basis of cancer, but few new therapies become available. Not until the late 1990s do advances in research begin to translate into more precise targeted therapies with breakthrough drugs.
Dr. Holly Hedrick performs a rare EXIT procedure and attempts to remove a tumor from a fetus still attached to her mother. Bobby and Shelly anxiously wait to find out if they are candidates for fetal surgery to repair their baby’s spine.
Twice Born-Stories From the Special Delivery Unit, Pt 1 airs on Tuesday, March 31st at 7 pm on channel 3 and at 9 pm on channel 3-1.
The search for a “cure” for cancer is the greatest epic in the history of science, spanning centuries and continents. This episode follows that centuries-long search, but centers on the story of Sidney Farber, who, defying conventional wisdom in the late 1940s, introduces the modern era of chemotherapy, eventually galvanizing a “war on cancer.” Interwoven with Farber’s narrative is the contemporary story of a 14-month-old diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is in Birmingham, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Catherine Williamson at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to discuss the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century and to look at materials related to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.