The 7th of November 2017 marks Marie Curie’s 150th birthday. She was an extraordinary scientist, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and still the only one awarded with two Nobel Prizes.


The discovery of radioactivity and radiation paved the path to new effective cancer treatments. The first successful treatment of cancer patients whose tumors were exposed to radioactive material was reported shortly after.


We still use the power of radiation to destroy cancer cells. Radiotherapy helps millions of cancer patients every year. The ESTRO Cancer Foundation would like to commemorate and thank Marie Curie for her pioneering research on radioactivity and radiation.