History of image-guided tumor ablation

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The oldest known account of cancer dates from approximately 3,000-2,500 B.C. An Egyptian papyrus manuscript describes eight ulcers of the breast. Twelve centuries later, the Greek physician Hippocrates developed the theory of 'black bile' as the sinister porter of cancer and employed the word 'carcinoma'. In the Renaissance, after years of extensive autopsies, anatomist Andreas Vesalius dispelled the theory of 'black bile' and developed one of the most influential books on anatomy. In the 18th century the first proper oncological surgical procedures were performed. The late 19th century saw the emergence of two other mainstays of cancer therapy: systemic chemotherapy and external beam radiation therapy. The past decades, image-guided tumor ablation techniques were developed, further broadening treatment possibilities and oncologic survival. This chapter provides a brief overview of the history of cancer and the development of cancer treatment throughout the centuries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIrreversible Electroporation in Clinical Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9783319551135
ISBN (Print)9783319551128
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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NameIrreversible Electroporation in Clinical Practice

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