"First in Human" Documentary Features CCR: The Nation's Cancer Center


The National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research is proud to be a part of First in Human, a documentary capturing the real-life experiences of doctors, researchers, staff, patients and their caregivers at the NIH Clinical Center. Our CCR physician-scientists are dedicated to leading cutting-edge clinical trials aimed at discovering new and better treatments for cancer. The CCR’s clinical program is the largest of NIH programs housed at the Clinical Center, and we are proud of our history of success. But none of it would be possible without our patients, like Bo, Anita and Lucy. With deep respect, we salute their courage and thank them. Learn more below about the physicians featured in First in Human, our cancer center, and our other currently enrolling clinical trials.


Learn More About "First in Human" and CCR's Clinical Trials


  • First in Human” is a three-part documentary made by the Discovery Channel that shows, in gripping detail, how the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow make their way out of the hi-tech research laboratories and into the hands of the medical professionals in the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

    Filmed over a period of more than a year at the NIH, the 3-part series explores the lives of several doctors, researchers, and especially the patients whose courage to participate in clinical trials helps make progress possible in research and treatment for cancer and other diseases.

  • “First in Human” is about efforts to make medical breakthroughs through scientific discovery that are the difference between life and death.  Center for Cancer Research physician-scientists appear in the program, including Dr. Terry Fry, Dr. Stephanie Goff, Dr. Jennifer Kanakry, Dr. Steven Rosenberg, and Dr. Lauren Wood.

  • First in Human” will be shown in three segments on August 10, 17 and 24, 2017, at 9 p.m. EST on the Discovery Channel. It will also be available on Discovery Go at 9 a.m. the morning after each broadcast. Watch the trailer below.