the Beast: Inside the War on Cancer
CNN�s Sanjay Gupta
Furthers the Cause of MD Anderson�s Cancer Fight by
Getting the Word Out to the Rest of the World
Ashoke Nath of
IACCGH and Sen Pathak of MDACC
August 10, 2005
Dr. Sanjay Gupta,
CNN�s medical correspondent, never has a regular
routine day like most other people performing an
eight to five work schedule. In his world this young
and dynamic neurosurgeon-turned-reporter may
suddenly be called upon to perform a delicate and
complex operation such as taking out the bomb
shrapnel from an innocent Iraqi kid�s head in a
make-shift operating tent while covering the war in
Iraq. This came about during the first days of the
Allied invasion of Iraq two years ago when there was
no neurosurgeon with the US First Infantry.
The morning on
January 15 of 2004, however, he thought life was
going to be an easy mundane one. All he had to do
was fly to Houston, give a rousing speech to a
gathering of the Asian Students� Association and fly
back to Atlanta � that is, until he met the
representatives of the Indo-American Chamber of
Commerce of Greater Houston, their three Presidents:
Durga D. Agrawal, Ashoke Nath, and Deepa Thakur, and
the Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia.
almost obsessed and rapid fire minds and the
always-willing-to-lend-a-hand attitude saw an
opportunity of meaningful benefits in convincing
Sanjay to meet Dr. John Mendelsohn, the President of
MD Anderson and his dedicated team. They also
glowingly informed Gupta about MD Anderson�s several
recent Sister Hospital Agreements with India�s
premier cancer treatment organizations, the Tata
Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and AIIMS in New Delhi.
Their unmitigated enthusiasm was infectious and Dr.
Gupta agreed to stay behind rather than head to the
airport and home in Atlanta. Without much ado they
set up the meeting between Sanjay, themselves and
Dr. Mendelsohn, who interrupted his previously set
busy plans, then whisked this CNN�s wonder-boy and
drove towards the Houston Medical Center. In
fellow-passenger style conversations, they suggested
why not do a medical reporting about MD Anderson�s
motto of Eradicating Cancer.
Mendelsohn�s charisma, warmth and message of MD
Anderson�s life-saving, innovative research and
treatments, positively affecting thousands of cancer
victims and cancer survivors were enough to convince
Dr. Sanjay Gupta that there was a great news story
in this Number One cancer institute in the country.
He toured the hospital with his hosts, saw, learned
and agreed to do a special hour-long CNN medical
report. This would start a co-journey with the
several cancer patients� first hopeful introduction
to the organization and the research oriented
individual diagnosis, then follow the many months of
long crucial treatments and all the way to the end
of the road, whether bright or dark.
The Iraq war
coverage interrupted the planned scheduled shooting
of this fabulous documentary film. Saddam lost,
Saddam fled and was found, Saddam now sits in jail
awaiting justice. More than twelve thousands of
innocent Iraqi civilians and terror-seeking
insurgents have perished in the last two years.
Almost two thousand young American soldiers have
sacrificed their lives of unfulfilled dreams for
their country, believing they were there to bring
justice, democracy and freedom from oppression to
the many who seldom dared to dream the possibility
of such an environment in their lifetime. CNN aptly
brought these to the attention of everyone.
The unfortunate war
still goes on in the dust-filled, oil-rich but
deprived and strife-ridden Middle East country, once
called the cradle of civilization. However, Sanjay
kept his word. Dr. Gupta
and a number of CNN camera crews came to MD Anderson
over a period of eight months and followed five of
the cancer patients/survivors as they went through
treatment and reflected on their survivorship; Dr.
Martin Raber is one of the five patients profiled.
He was once the chief of physicians and a
high-profile administrator at MD Anderson. Raber
became a patient at his own hospital when a rare
cancer formed a tumor in his liver. After his
successful treatment Dr. Raber is back at his
practice and is helping other patients with his
personal story that Cancer can be beaten back. The
show was shot exclusively at MD Anderson and is an
insightful look at the cancer journey as well as new
treatments and research. This has been aptly titled
as "Taming the Beast: Inside the War on Cancer" and
will be broadcast all around the globe. The airing
schedule is given below.
of millions around the world will watch this CNN
documentary and marvel at the indomitable human
spirit of survival. They will witness the many
innovative methods of the oncologists and
researchers used to beat and conquer this age-old
scourge, brought on by so many varied natural or
unnatural causes and acts. The message of hope and
efforts of the valiant forces in our home-town of
Houston at MD Anderson will radiate in the heart of
every viewer, since few lives are left untouched by
this wicked and often fatal genetic mutation.
things can happen from small steps of dreamers,
doers and the timely help of good Samaritans who
were just happening to pass by at the right moment.
The world will justly salute all those dedicated
researchers, doctors and leaders of MD Anderson.
Many will thank Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN for their
wonderfully informative program. Hopefully, many
will help with the much needed research funds and
many will come to Houston for treatments and better
futures. Meanwhile those intrepid IACCGH volunteers
and other numerous individuals, with their
irrevocable and unbridled enthusiasm to help in this
fight for eradicating cancer, will feel gratified
and greatly rewarded to see another success for
someone in need at Houston�s MD Anderson Cancer
Center. They will have served.
Nath of IACCGH and Sen Pathak of MDACC
the Beast: Inside the War on Cancer�
8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (ET)
program will re-air on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m.
and 11 p.m. (ET)
the times for international airings:
Saturday, Aug. 13
6 a.m. Eastern -- Asia, Europe, Latin America, North
America, South Asia
5 p.m. Eastern -- Europe, Latin America
Sunday, Aug. 14
12 a.m. Eastern -- Asia, South Asia
6 a.m. Eastern -- Asia, South America, North America
8 a.m. Eastern -- Europe, Latin America, North
1 p.m. Eastern -- Europe, Latin America, North
7 p.m. Eastern -- Latin America
tune into CNN August 14th at 6am Eastern.
forward this mail to family/friends in India-the
telecast is global.
Dr Mendelsohn with CNN Dr
IACCGH Team with CNN Dr
Gupta at MDACC