Improving health and patient outcomes Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases that involves abnormal growth of cells in potentially every part of our bodies. Some cancers are serious while others can easily be cured.  Survival rates of many types of cancers continue to improve, thanks to early detection, and timely, high quality management.

Nurse with cancer patient Surgeons
  1. 1910

  2. 1920

  3. 1930

  4. 1940

  5. 1950

  6. 1950

    Dr. M. Vera Peters published her landmark study that suggested early-stage Hodgkin’s was potentially curable with radiation therapy

  7. 1951

    In October 1951, Dr. Johns and his team made history with his innovative device, the Cobalt-60 Beam Therapy Unit

  8. 1958

    The Ontario Cancer Institute was established at the Princess Margaret Hospital

  9. 1959

    The purification process of vinblastine was patented in the name of Drs. Beer, Noble and doctoral student Dr. J.H. Cutts

  10. 1960

  11. 1970

  12. 1971

    Dr. McCulloch established the bone marrow transplantation program at Prince Margaret Hospital

  13. 1975

    Dr. Peters published the first controlled study to demonstrate that lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy had success outcomes equal to or better than more radical procedures

  14. 1980

  15. 1980's

    Dr. Till’s sphere of research expanded

  16. 1990

  17. 1991

    The Division of Palliative Care in McGill University’s Department of Oncology was founded

  18. 2000

  19. 2002

    Dr. Peters’ observations continued to be met with skepticism

  20. 2008

    To help advanced practical applications of his scientific discoveries, Dr. Mak co-founded Agios Pharmaceuticals

  21. 2010

  22. 2012

    The Personalized Oncogenomics (POG) project at BC Cancer was established under Marco Marra’s leadership

  23. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.