Movie Screening: The Good Breast

  • George Washington Medical School 2300 I Street Northwest Ross Hall Room 101 Washington, DC, 20052 United States

Through the intimate stories of several breast cancer patients and their surgeons, The Good Breast explores the cultural roots of the loss of the breast. Unprecedented OR footage presents medicine as a ritual, and the mastectomy as a modern form of breast sacrifice.

The film features real and intimately portrayed doctor and patient encounters which reveal the often opposing desires for individual breast cancer treatment. Each character undergoes a different medical and personal experience with the loss of her breast and its reconstruction. The no-nonsense breast surgeon Lauren Schnaper struggles with her patients’ emotional decision to rid themselves of their breasts immediately after a diagnosis with breast cancer. Debunking the cancer myth of early detection she warns her patients that “a mastectomy does not save your life,” and expresses her candid views of the “breast cancer awareness movement” which makes women fearful rather than educated about breast cancer.

Join us for a a screening and panel discussion of the film with the filmmaker, a clinician and a patient. The panel will include Dr. Rachel Brem Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Ashanti Carter: cartera@gwu.edu