FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCEMENT IN CANCER THERAPY (also known as Foundation for Alternative Cancer Therapies) or F.A.C.T., established in 1971, is the creator of the documentary film Rethinking Cancer. We are a federally approved 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.
Ruth Sackman, featured in the film, 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: whether dealing with breast cancer, lymphoma, Lyme disease — it is a systemic disease. Tumors or abnormal cells are symptoms of a biochemical imbalance in the body, and that imbalance can be corrected with a well-designed, individualized metabolic program. A non-toxic, biologically sound program, focusing on the whole body and not just the tumor, can provide all the materials and conditions necessary to produce healthy cells and restore well being.
There is no magic bullet, no miracle drug or botanical, that heals. The 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 long 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.