A world-first free exhibition exploring the revolution in science that is transforming cancer care has opened at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. 

Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope is the first major object-rich exhibition to reveal the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated. 

Through seldom and never-before seen objects and stories, cutting edge treatment and research, reflection, new artist commissions and installations, film, photography, interactive exhibits and a breadth of personal stories - the exhibition presents the stories of people affected by cancer, together with those who study and treat it. Revealing how researchers, clinicians, policy makers and patients are fuelling progress in a powerful expression of shared hope.  

The Christie has played a part, profiling its work with CAR-T therapy, immunotherapy research and proton beam therapy, showcasing Christie consultants Professor Amit Patel and Professor Fiona Thistlethwaite and top physicist Professor Karen Kirkby, as well as patients Sarah Hughes, Mark Hunter and Avi Borson amongst the 125 objects and 30 personal stories included in the exhibition.

The exhibition also tells the story of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust’s transformative ‘Manchester Method for radiotherapy’ which originated in Manchester and revolutionised the practice of radiotherapy around the world.

And visitors can sit in a chemotherapy chair and experience the sounds from an average day at The Christie chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormone therapy (SACT) outreach team at the Tameside Macmillan Unit in the specially designed soundscape.

The exhibition is on in Manchester until March 2022 and will open at the Science Museum in London next summer. 

For more information about Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope exhibition and to book free tickets to see it at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, visit the Science and Industry museum website.

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Last updated: October 2021