THERAPEUTIC REVOLUTION The History of Medical Oncology from Early Days to the Creation of the Subspecialty

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Cancer is a disease responsible for several million annual deaths among humans, worldwide. However, advances in healthcare - which include breakthroughs in science and medicine as well as access to ...
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Successes in Solid Tumor Chemotherapy: Three Key Examples

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Pierre R. Band


The chemotherapy of solid tumors followed the path opened by breast cancer: the use of active single agents combined for greater effectiveness in advanced disease and for their potential role in combined modality regimens. By the end of the 1960s, over 20 chemotherapeutic drugs effective against various malignancies were available to investigate these approaches. The use of combination chemotherapy in epithelial ovarian cancer, small cell lung cancer and osteogenic sarcoma showed improved response rates and duration of remission compared to previously used single drugs. Postoperative combination chemotherapy improved the survival of patients with osteogenic sarcomas.


Ovarian cancer, small cell lung cancer, osteogenic sarcoma.


Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6, Canada.