The TV chef, subject of the new documentary short ‘RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee,’ advocates for early cancer detection at Tribeca.
This is what comes in between.
The documentary short “RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee,” which debuted at Sundance and had its New York premiere Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles the television chef’s breast cancer journey from diagnosis to recovery in raw, unsparing detail. Packed with tears, wry humor and graphic surgery scenes, the Cathy Chermol Schrijver-directed HBO doc is an attempt to demystify breast cancer — and save lives along the way.
“There was absolutely nothing online that shows you what it is that you’re in for if you make this decision — there’s no information,” Lee, who underwent a double mastectomy, said of her diagnosis during a post-screening Q&A moderated by ABC anchor Amy Robach. “It is these women, a lot of them young, saying, ‘I have breast cancer.’ … Then the next thing you see is these women saying, ‘Hey, I got reconstruction and I look great.’ But there is nothing in between.”