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Weekend Tv : Cancer Program Profiles Survivors

February 21, 1987|HOWARD ROSENBERG | Times Television Critic

We've been conditioned to believe that there's no grimmer world than cancer. That is the case for many of its victims. However, the mood is refreshingly upbeat in a KHJ-TV Channel 9 documentary at 8 p.m. Sunday called "Is There Life After Cancer?"

The answer is yes.

Hosted by Richard Crenna, produced by Bobby Conlan and Ridge Conlan and written by co-producer Ed Parker, the hourlong program is a recital of success stories from cancer victims now living relatively normal lives.

Using UCLA's John Wayne Cancer Clinic and the Santa Monica Wellness Community as primary sources, "Is There Life After Cancer?" manages to be positive without ignoring reality. On the other hand, it offers no statistics to support its relatively optimistic thesis.

So keep your fingers crossed.

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