Centre History

The work of the Curies led to important advances in physics and chemistry but also in medicine and biology. From 1901, clinical trials with radioactive bodies were undertaken at the Saint-Louis Hospital, just as Wilhelm Roentgen's 1895 discovery of X-rays had given rise to a new cancer treatment: roentgen therapy. In the years after, many doctors pursued studies of various diseases, often using radium samples provided by the Curies. The results in dermatological diseases and skin cancer were encouraging. Through use of radiation (X-rays and radioactive elements), a new medical field gradually emerged: radiotherapy. Now the institute is joined to a comprehensive cancer center.

Department Profile

The interdisciplinary supportive care department has been open since 2005 and is build upon several units: palliative care, psyconcology, social support, physiotherapy, nutrition.

Areas of Specialisation

Communication skills

Palliative and Supportive Care

Open since 1994

Institut Curie, Paris, France

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