Vera Peters

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Mildred Vera Peters
Born(1911-04-28)April 28, 1911
Rexdale, Ontario, Canada
DiedOctober 1, 1993(1993-10-01) (aged 82)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Spouse(s)Ken Lobb
Scientific career
InstitutionsToronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital

Mildred Vera Peters (28 April 1911 – 1 October 1993) was a Canadian oncologist and clinical investigator.

Peters received her medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1934.[1] In 1950 she published a landmark paper demonstrating for the first time that many patients with early Hodgkin's disease, then considered incurable, could be completely cured if given high-dose radiation.[2] She later went on to study the use of radiation therapy in the treatment of breast cancer.[3] Her research demonstrated that breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by radiation was just as effective as radical mastectomy which had a significant impact on the lives of the many women who experience breast cancer.[4]

In recognition of her medical work, Peters was awarded two honorary doctorates (from York University in 1975 and Queen's University in 1983) and a gold medal from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in 1979. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1975, raised to Officer in 1977, and was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2010.[4]


  1. ^ " Profile : Vera Peters". GCS Research Society. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  2. ^ Peters, MV (4 January 1965). "Radiation Therapy". JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 191 (1): 28–29. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080010034008.
  3. ^ Peters, MV (1970). "Radiation therapy in the management of breast cancer". Proceedings, National Cancer Conference. 6: 163–74. PMID 5458090.
  4. ^ a b "Dr. M. Vera Peters". Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductees. 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-19.