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A ground-breaking change to treating breast cancer

How Canadian oncologist Dr Vera Peters overcame opposition within the medical establishment to prove that breast-conserving surgery could be as effective as a major mastectomy.

In 1975 the Canadian oncologist Dr Vera Peters released ground-breaking data to prove that breast-conserving surgery could at times be as effective as having a radical mastectomy. Her findings were received with lukewarm support and even open opposition from many of her colleagues in the male-dominated medical profession. Mike Lanchin hears from Dr Peters' daughter, Dr Jennifer Ingram, about her mother's tenacious attempt to improve the well-being of
breast-cancer sufferers.

Photo:Dr Vera Peters (courtesy of the family)

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