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.