The Christie defining moments

Listed below are some of our top achievements over the years:

  • 1901: The Christie Hospital was founded
  • 1932: We created our very own ‘Manchester Method’ of radium treatment
  • 1944: Clinical Trials - The world’s first clinical trial of the breast cancer drug Stilboestrol was held in 1944. In 1970 we were the first to trial Tamoxifen, and in 2012 we led the trials of Zelboraf.
  • 1986: We revolutionised the treatment of leukaemia with the world’s first use of cultured bone marrow
  • 1991: We completed the world’s first single harvest blood stem-cell transplant
  • 2002: We were the site of the world’s first clinical use of image guided radiotherapy
  • 2010: We opened our radiotherapy centre in Oldham, followed by Salford and our mobile chemotherapy unit to bring Christie services closer to home
  • 2010: The Christie School of Oncology, the first of its kind in the UK, was launched.
  • 2018: The UK’s first high energy proton beam therapy centre will open at The Christie


Last updated: January 2022

Christie stories during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we're doing all we can to make sure patients get the treatment, information and support they need. Read some stories from our patients and staff to find out what The Christie is doing at this difficult time.

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“We have seen a lot of our research staff return to the office. This has massively improved morale as it is a lot easier to connect with people.”
Corinne Faivre-Finn, Christie consultant
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“The experience has allowed me to be able to hear what is not being said. The extraordinary strength and resilience of individuals as they greet you with a smile… when you are aware of the pain and anguish they will be going through.”
Digital services team, redeployed to telephone patients
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“Of course, the COVID-19 virus has not gone away – we have to be cautious and we have to proceed in an appropriate way.”
Professor John Radford, director of research at The Christie
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