Adapted from Julie Benner, University of Virginia, who based this timeline on information in The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee and “Cancer Progress Timeline” by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Information for 2000 onward was adapted from National Cancer Institute’s “Milestones in Cancer Research and Discovery.”
Throughout its 4,000-year history, cancer has left doctors, scientists and patients with questions that the medical and science fields could not even start to address until recent decades. For centuries, the question has lingered: Will there be a time when we find a way to control or even cure this disease?
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