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Revista médica del Hospital General de México

On-line version ISSN 2524-177XPrint version ISSN 0185-1063


TORRES-LOBATON, Alfonso. Oncology at general hospital of Mexico. Its origins. Rev. med. Hosp. Gen. Méx. [online]. 2021, vol.84, n.1, pp.41-48.  Epub Jan 22, 2021. ISSN 2524-177X.


The objective of the study was to carry out a review of the birth and evolution of Oncology at the General Hospital of México (GHM), cradle of Oncology in our country.


In 1922, GHM acquired 50 mg of radiobromide, which begins the fight against cancer in Mexico. In 1937, the Oncology Unit (OU) was inaugurated in pavilion 13 and Dr. Ignacio Millán was the first head of service. A decade later, with radiotherapy oncologists Dr. Guillermo Montaño Islas and Dr. José Noriega Limón, surgery oncologists Dr. José Manuel Velasco Arce and Dr. Horacio Zalce Torres, and pathologist Dr. José de Jesús Curiel, the OU becomes the first center dedicated to the treatment of cancer patients and the first Human Resources Training Institution for this purpose.


Dr. Montaño and Dr. Rodolfo Díaz Perchez restructure the Radiotherapy Unit and create the Oncology University Specialty. Dr. Héctor Rodríguez Cuevas joined the Service and consolidated the cancer surgery school. Dr. Irma Nora Hidalgo and Dr. Raquel Gerson Cwilich were members of the first generation of clinical oncologists in the OU. Since 2011, comprehensive care for cancer patients has been carried out in a modern building equipped for this purpose.


The GHM begins the diagnostic and therapeutic approach for cancer patients in Mexico. Comprehensive care is, currently, carried out in the latest state-of-the-art facilities.

Keywords : Oncology; Origins; Evolution; Mexico.

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