| Vera Peters|
University of Toronto
| April 28, 1911
Rexdale, Ontario (1911-04-28) |
Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital
October 1, 1993, Toronto, Canada
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Mildred Vera Peters (28 April 1911 – 1 October 1993) was a Canadian oncologist and clinical investigator.
Peters received her medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1934. In 1950 she published a landmark paper demonstrating for the first time that many patients with early Hodgkin's disease, then considered incurable, could be completely cured if given high-dose radiation. She later went on to study the use of radiation therapy in the treatment of breast cancer. Her research demonstrated that breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by radiation was just as effective as radical mastectomy which had a significant impact on the lives of the many women who experience breast cancer.
In recognition of her medical work, Peters was awarded two honorary doctorates (from York University in 1975 and Queen's University in 1983) and a gold medal from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in 1979. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1975, raised to Officer in 1977, and was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2010.
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