• Feb 9, 1500

    cancer discovered

    cancer was discovered by the greeks
  • study of fatilites

    Harvey studies the bodies of people who have died of cancer.
  • First Surgery Performed

    The first mastectomy for breast cancer is performed.
  • Xrays Discovered

    Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovers a new kind of radiation that he calls X-rays.
  • Radation

    Thor Stenbeck cures a patient with skin cancer using small doses of daily radiation therapy. This technique is later referred to as fractionated radiation therapy, which is the basis of radiation treatment used today.
  • Pap Smears Discovered

    George Papanicolaou finds that vaginal cell smears [the Pap smear] reveal the presence of cancer.
  • Chemotherpy

    The beginning of chemotherapy as treatment for cancer can be traced to chemical warfare used during World War I. Louis Goodman and Alfred Gilman use nitrogen mustard, an agent derived from a deadly gas employed during the First World War, to treat a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient. The pair publish a report in 1946 that demonstrates for the first time that chemotherapy can induce tumor regression.
  • DNA

    James Watson and Francis Crick publish their paper on the helical structure of DNA, the hereditary material that is the information archive of all cell activity.
  • cure for hodgkin's disease

    Vincent DeVita, George Canellos, and colleagues at the National Cancer Institute use combination chemotherapy to treat lymphomas. In the late 1960s, they cure patients with Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma using nitrogen mustard, vincristine, procarbazine, and prednisone—the MOPP regimen.
  • Dection Improvement

    The development of molecular cloning leads to important breakthroughs in many areas of research, including the genetics of cancer development and a better understanding of the signaling processes that direct cells’ behavior. These advances lead to the development of target-specific cancer drugs. 1974
  • Gene Therpy

    First human gene therapy for cancer [melanoma] is attempted.
  • 1st robot surgery

    The da Vinci robotic surgery system becomes the first robotic system approved by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery. Use of robot-assisted surgery was first documented in 1985 and is now used for prostatectomy to treat prostate cancer, hysterectomy to treat cervical and endometrial cancers, as well as surgery to treat bladder and kidney cancers.
  • Liver Cancer

    The FDA approves Nexavar (sorafenib) for primary liver cancer, making it the only drug approved for liver cancer. Nexavar’s first approval came in 2005 for kidney cancer.
  • Cancer Paticents as of today

    today there has been over 900,000 people dignoised with cancer