Radiotherapy, 1957

Radiotherapy, 1957

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Credit: NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Radiotherapy. Young patient receiving radiotherapy for retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye's retina. Radiotherapy is the use of ionising radiation to treat cancer. The patient is Gordon Isaacs, the first to be treated by the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) linear accelerator, which was invented by Dr. Henry Kaplan in the early 1950s. This machine used an electron beam to eradicate a tumour in Isaacs' left eye. Photographed in 1957.

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