|Date of Issue||September 10, 2020|
|Series Time Span||2020|
Dr. M. Vera Peters, o.c. (1911-93) revolutionized cancer treatment, showing that Hodgkin lymphoma, then considered fatal, could be cured with radiation therapy. She also showed that for early breast cancer a lumpectomy combined with radiation is as effective as a radical mastectomy – the routine treatment at the time.
These five commemorative stamps celebrate six groundbreaking physicians and researchers: Drs. Bruce Chown, Julio Montaner, Balfour Mount, M. Vera Peters, James Till and Ernest McCulloch.
This issue salutes these remarkable individuals and the many other healthcare professionals and scientists who have devoted their lives to creating a healthier world – including those working tirelessly to develop diagnostics, treatments and preventions to help respond to the COVID-19 situation.
“This enduring tribute to Canadian health heroes honours their groundbreaking work and brings more awareness to their contributions and discoveries,” said Lissa Foster, Executive Director of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. “We can all be immensely proud of the global impact of these pioneering Canadians and our country’s contributions to health, here and in the world.”