Advancements in diagnosing and treating Hodgkin's disease and breast cancer

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The treatment of Hodgkin’s disease and breast cancer were significantly advanced in Toronto through the radiotherapeutic research and treatment methods pioneered by Dr. M. Vera Peters. By the early 1950s, Peters’ research clearly demonstrated the importance of early diagnosis and radiation treatment against Hodgkin’s disease. She was also a leading advocate of the conservative treatment of breast cancer, showing in controlled studies the clinical and personal value of balanced surgical and radiotherapeutic treatments, rather than resorting too quickly to radical mastectomies.