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Bicentennial Voices: The Birth of Chemotherapy
Working on a top-secret project during World War Two, Yale scientists
discovered that nitrogen mustard, a gas that had been used as a weapon against Allied troops in the First World War, had the ability to shrink cancer tumors. With their colleague Dr.
, they watched as the first patient responded to the treatment in an experimental procedure at Yale. This moment, says Yale Cancer Center Director
, was the first demonstration that a drug could be used to treat cancer and led to dramatic improvements in care.
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