The Christie defining moments

We are working on a project to celebrate The Christie’s defining moments; our pioneering history and our innovative future. 

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 opens at The Christie

Last updated: May 2023