Peter Almond, PhD, Oral History Interivew, June 04, 2004
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Major Topics Covered:
- The history of radiation therapy; how radiation therapy works; instruments for delivery of therapy; how therapy has an impact on tumors and patients
- The evolution of radiation therapy at MD Anderson
- View of Gilbert Fletcher; Fletcher’s attitudes to aggressive treatment; his impact on standards of care nationally
- Debates between MD Anderson surgeons and radiation therapists regarding treatment
- Long term consequences of radiation therapy on patients
- Cost effectiveness of radiation treatment
Chapter 01: Radiation Therapy: A Brief History and Basic Principles
Chapter 02: Cobalt-60 and the Evolution of Radiation Therapy at MD Anderson
Chapter 03: The Race to Build a Cobalt-60 System and Why it Was Key to MD Anderson’s Reputation
Chapter 04: Gilbert Fletcher’s Impact on Radiation Therapy
Chapter 05: Developing Radiation to Address the ”Oxygen Effect” in Tumors
Chapter 06: Assessing Aggressive Radiation Treatment, Cost Effectiveness and Proton Therapy
Chapter 07: Surgery vs. Radiation Therapy; Long-Term Complications with Radiation Therapy
The Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas Cancer Center
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Almond, Peter PhD; Brunet, Lesley W.; and Olson, James S. PhD, "Peter Almond, PhD, Oral History Interivew, June 04, 2004" (2004). Interview Sessions. 60.
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About the Interview Subject
Nuclear physicist Peter Almond, PhD (retired) was on the faculty of MD Anderson from 1965 to 1985. He served as head of the radiation physics section and directed the cyclotron unit.
This interview was conducted by James S. Olsen, PhD in order to collect background information on radiation therapy for his book, “Making Cancer History.” Dr. Almond discusses technical details of radiation and radiation therapy and discusses the evolution of this treatment method at MD Anderson under Dr. Gilbert Fletcher.