A note from history: landmarks in history of cancer, part 1

Cancer. 2011 Mar 1;117(5):1097-102. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25553. Epub 2010 Oct 19.


Review of the earliest written descriptions and reports of cancer show that ancient physicians and surgeons made gradual progress in understanding cancer. It became clear to most of them that early detection and complete removal, before the cancer became ulcerated, afforded the best outcome.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • History, 15th Century
  • History, 16th Century
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / history*
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Publishing / history