Capturing the most intimate moments of her story, Rx: Early Detection, A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee highlights the importance of early detection and informed decision-making in regards to treatment options. The documentary is directed by Peabody and Emmy winner Cathy Chermol Schrijver and had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2015, after 48-year-old Sandra Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer, she met with a range of doctors and cancer experts to help her understand her options. Eventually, with the support of her partner, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and her sister, Kimber Lee, she came to the decision to have a double mastectomy. Deciding to document her journey, Lee allowed cameras to chronicle her most private moments over several months. Rx: Early Detection, A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee features unrestricted access to doctors’ offices, treatment rooms and Lee’s home. Now cancer-free, Lee hopes to spread a message about the importance of early breast cancer detection.
A multiple Emmy-winning television host and international lifestyle expert, Sandra Lee is a Good Morning America contributor and former Food Network host who authored 27 bestselling books before her 2015 breast cancer diagnosis. She received the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor, the Albert Einstein Award of Excellence and Ellis Island’s Medal of Honor for her activism, which was also recognized by the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program.
Rx: Early Detection, A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee is executive produced by Sandra Lee, Cathy Chermol Schrijver, Kathy Bates, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Sheila Nevins. The film is edited by Paula Heredia with original music from Michael Bacon.