Giants of Cancer Care® Program Inductees

Radiation Oncology

Samuel Hellman, MD

University of Chicago Medicine

  • Active in both clinical and laboratory investigation, Dr Hellman has been involved in studies of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. The breast cancer studies are of conservative management and the natural history of regionally treated disease. Both of these studies emphasize the importance of understanding the clinical evolution of the disease in order to develop effective multidisciplinary therapy.
  • He was the founding professor and director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Radiation Therapy and was appointed the Alvin T and Viola D. Fuller-American Cancer Society Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Therapy at Harvard Medical School.
  • Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Dr Hellman, along with other oncologists working in the United States, Europe and Canada, pushed for breast cancer treatment with biopsy or limited tumor removal with radiation over radical mastectomy.
  • Dr Hellman is the author or co-author of some 262 scientific articles in his field and Coeditor of the standard textbook on cancer, Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. He also is Coeditor of The Cancer Journal from Scientific American.
  • He has served as President of both the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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