FMTV - Rethinking Cancer

Rethinking Cancer

Runtime: 56m 52s | Release date: 2009

Created by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), Rethinking Cancer is a educational cancer documentary film featuring cancer survivor stories that provides a rare look into the psychological and therapeutic journeys of five men and women who used alternative cancer therapies to overcome serious illness. Their cancer survivor stories represent successes that mainstream medicine and the public ought to know about.

Four of the featured subjects had been diagnosed with cancer; two of these patients were considered terminal cases. The fifth patient had a severe case of Lyme disease. All five have outlived their diseases, between 15 and nearly 40 years, thus far.

These cancer survivor stories represent a large pool of well-documented, long-term survivors who sought guidance from the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT) and then president, Ruth Sackman. In addition to their stories, this High Definition, 57-minute long film includes excerpts from an interview with Mrs. Sackman, as well as a thoughtful discussion of the cases by two physicians, Philip Incao, M.D., a practitioner of Anthroposophical Medicine, and Sheryl Leventhal, M.D., a former oncologist presently practicing Functional Medicine.     

About the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), also known as Foundation for Alternative Cancer Therapies, is a US based nonprofit, charitable, educational organization. Headquartered in New York City, FACT exists solely on donations from the public.

Founded by Ruth Sackman in 1971, FACT is the creator of the film Rethinking Cancer.
FACT's mission is to provide carefully verified information, resources and support to patients seeking nontoxic, biologically sound treatments for cancer and other chronic conditions. A large part of their work is also focused on individuals wishing to learn about prevention and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Ruth Sackman, featured in the film Rethinking Cancer, was co-founder and president of FACT until her death in December 2008 at age 93. She organized the foundation after watching helplessly as her daughter, Arlene, diagnosed with acute leukemia in 1970, suffered through chemotherapy, becoming progressively weaker until succumbing to the disease. Ruth felt there had to be a better way and literally traveled the world to find it. For the next 37 years she helped hundreds of cancer patients in the U.S. and worldwide return to healthy lives, as well as educate many more about prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Ruth's yardstick for success was always long-term recovery, i.e., at least (minimum) 10 years cancer-free.

FACT's goal is to educate physicians and patients about a different concept of cancer and chronic degenerative conditions primary tools for a comprehensive, metabolic approach are 1) a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, preferably organic foods and 2) detoxification (to efficiently relieve the body of toxins released into the bloodstream as the immune system becomes energized to do its work). Attention must also be paid to optimum function of all the body organs and glands, as well as skeletal integrity, hormonal balance, stress management, etc. FACT's over 40 years of experience has shown that for those comfortable with this concept and willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes, the ability of the body to heal can be truly amazing.

Philip Incao
Sheryl Leventhal
Rita Znamirowsky
Lou Dina
Michal Ginach
David Walant
Doris Sokosh
Ruth Sackman


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krystal kouvaras | 2 years, 7 months ago
Really enjoyed this documentary. It gives so much hope and conviction for people attempting to detox and feeling the healing crisis, the strength to continue and not falter.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 7 months ago
Wonderful to hear that from you, Krystal! Glad you enjoyed the film :) ~ Iris
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Linda Warby | 2 years, 8 months ago
Do you have more on Ruth? A foot doctor...Dr. Love cured her cancer the same way in the 90s right? I've never believed in Chemo or radiation but I believed even Jay The Jucieman that cured his cancer with juicing way back in the 70s....but the people around us think we are crazy fanatics :( I really enjoyed this documentary...thanks for sharing. I don't have cancer but so many on my mothers side do and they are healthy eaters from their grass fed livestock and eat from their acreages...they are all hard workers and so all work and no rest is cancer causing. Ive learned from this and in my juicing I incorporate plenty of very dark veggies like eggplant, red bell peppers, carrots in some of my recipes. Again Thanks...........
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Susan Myers | 2 years, 10 months ago
I get so frustrated by some many people I know who will not want to listen to any of this information because their doctor knows what is best for them and tell them if they do not do the standard protocol they will not survive.They have so much fear of trying anything other than what the doctors are telling them and go through treatments only to have another diagnosis of cancer after they had been told the treatment was successful and there is no sign of any cancer. They will not watch any of these excellent movies or even do any research themselves into alternative treatments.
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Francesca Massey | 3 years, 3 months ago
These doccos turn everything we are ever taught on our heads. Thank god for them. Thank you FMTV.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 3 years, 3 months ago
You are most welcome, Francesca! Thank you for watching :) ~ Iris
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Judith Batchelor | 3 years, 5 months ago
Great film. I don't have cancer, but what is presented I believe is good for any situation. Even if you're 'healthy', there is a certain amount of detoxing to do.
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Kathy Cromartie | 3 years, 9 months ago
One of my very best friends had started back smoking and recently started coughing a lot. She went to a doctor. They did a full body scan (is this a Pet scan?). They found the top half of her lung had collapsed and had a tumor. The also found a tumor in her neck, in her liver and near her pancreas. She stopped smoking cold turkey, quit coffee immediately. She feels the same way I do about chemotherapy and radiation. She is going to have a biopsy of the neck tumor next week to determine if it is cancer. The doctors told her it was 95% sure the tumors were cancerous. She (and I) have been researching alternative cures for cancer. I believe she is going to do Gerson therapy at home (I am going to do a less strenuous version along with her). She does not have money to go to Mexico or even Hippocrates in West Palm Beach, but believes, as I do, that she can do the therapy - coffee enemas, juices, no salt, sugar, oil, meat, 95% raw - at home. She still has to work while doing the therapy. I am letting her log into my FMTV account just to watch this film (I asked FMTV if this was okay). The film has given me such hope that she will be okay and can get well .
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 3 years, 9 months ago
Hi, Kathy! Great to hear that you have been given hope and encouragement while watching our films. This is our vision at FMTV - to promote education to expand public awareness about urgent issues. And yes, it is alright for your account to be logged in up to 5 devices. We all would like to wish you well and hope for your friend's recovery soon. ~ Jasmin
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Brenda Best | 4 years, 5 months ago
This is a battle. These films have opened my eyes to all different areas of health. When I go to the store and see people's carts filled with food products, I am sad. I was there once before. With these films, I am reminded each day the struggle to be healthy.
I look forward to my lunch time when I can sit and eat well, and be happy. Thank you fm, for being there when I hit my low.