Photostory #004: Canadian Cancer Research
National Film Board Photos by Chris Lund
July 6, 1955
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive
For more than 3,000 years, cancer has been known as a destroyer of human lives. Studied without success as early as 400 B.C. by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the malignant cancer cell is now the primary target in man's struggle against disease. The answer to why certain cells should suddenly reproduce themselves at the expense of the body has led modern researchers into genetics, biology and chemistry. They've studied the reaction of cells to stimulation, grown cancer experimentally in animals, and analysed the very air we breathe._x000B__x000B_Today's cancer problem is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Science has some of the pieces; others are missing. To fill the gaps, scientists around the world are pooling information to arrive at a better understanding of the disease's nature that may someday lead to a cure. Until that day, early treatment and improved aids like the cobalt beam therapy unit, radioactive isotopes and new surgical techniques give the cancer patient more reason for hope than he has ever had in the past.