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Cancer Warrior (Nova)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episode: B-



One has to wonder if with all the technology around, all the science, all the billions upon billions of dollars (and other currencies) of research worldwide, why at least some cancers have not been cured.  More often lately, more than a few people have been willing to boldly suggest it is a situation purposely not being solved for ugly reasons (population control, profit, carelessness, hatred) that are increasingly believable as cutback, pension gutting and the like continue.  Cancer Warrior is a 2001 installment of Nova shows that undeniable progress is being made no matter who would be trying to stop it.


The approach here is not to directly stop the cancer cells, but to stop them from getting to the healthy cells and other elements around that cancer feeds on.  After some interesting trial and error, experiments with the catastrophic drug Thalidomide begin, which was given to mothers for morning sickness several decades ago.  The result was an insane number of birth defects that had it pulled from the market.  However, and however controversial, it was used to try and fight cancer in patients who were in the deepest trouble.  This led to the development of Endostatin, and that is the drug that may be a groundbreaker.  This is still a very relevant piece and one you should catch.


The letterboxed 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 image is not bad, but a bit soft and too bad this was not anamorphically enhanced.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no true surrounds, but the combination is just fine for all the compelling material.  There are no extras, except the obligatory weblink.  An update on the four years since would have been nice, but it was not to be.  Maybe they’re saving that up for the next full episode.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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