For those who are chasing the cure, it’s a terrifying premise you’ve heard stories about, but pray you’ll never face: a debilitating disease, mounting medical bills, and specialists who can’t figure out the cause. It’s this premise, and the possibility of finding hope for those trapped in this life, behind a new television show which debuts on both TNT and TBS August 8, at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
Chasing the Cure
Chasing the Cure is a 10-episode live medical show that features sufferers of unidentified ailments pursuing answers via a community of doctors, patients, and viewers. A recurring panel of top, accredited doctors and invited medical experts from across the country will meet with patients and discuss potential diagnoses, as well as speak with audiences at home, who will have the ability to support one another and share their own experiences.
The show’s trailer demonstrates both the hope and the heartache of Chasing the Cure’s premise, previewing the stories of various people experiencing a variety of ailments. One woman named Charlie describes receiving multiple different diagnoses for symptoms no one can fully explain to her. She says, “If this show and these doctors help me find what’s wrong, then what else is there?”
“Being able to get information to patients that don’t have access to care, that’s the power of crowdsourcing to give a diagnosis,” said Interventional Cardiologist Sheila Sahini, MD.
Award-winning journalist Ann Curry, a former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent, has reported on conflicts and humanitarian crises all over the world, and is now turning her attention to these unexplained stories of people desperate for answers.
Turner and Lionsgate TV are partnered on this series featuring Curry as anchor and patient advocate, reporting true stories of medical enigmas and helping patients find the answers they so desperately seek.
In addition to live medical advice from experts, the series includes a range of other segments, from live medical procedures to field pieces, and is designed to unleash the power of global crowdsourcing for those who, like one of the women featured in the show’s trailer, have been to dozens of medical professionals, seeking answers but finding none.