Huggins, Charles Brenton

Huggins, Charles Brenton,

1901–97, American surgeon and urologist, b., Halifax, N.S., M.D. Harvard Univ., 1924. He was a professor at Arcadia Univ. at the time of his retirement in 1979 but spent the bulk of his career on the faculty at the Univ. of Chicago (1927–72). Huggins, who shared the 1966 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Peyton RousRous, Francis Peyton,
1879–1970, American pathologist, b. Baltimore, educated at Johns Hopkins (B.A., 1900; M.D., 1905). He taught (1906–8) pathology at the Univ. of Michigan and in 1909 joined the Rockefeller Institute (now Rockefeller Univ.), in New York City.
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, was cited for his discoveries concerning hormonal treatment of prostate cancerprostate cancer,
cancer originating in the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is one of the most common malignancies in men in the United States, second only to skin cancer, and as a cause of cancer death in men is second only to lung cancer.
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. Huggins was the first to connect cancer of the prostate with the presence of the male hormone androgen; this observation led to the use of female hormones to treat prostate cancer and of male hormones to treat cancers of the female reproductive system.
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Huggins, Charles Brenton


Born Sept. 22, 1901, in Halifax, Canada. American surgeon and oncologist. Member of the American National Academy of Sciences (1949).

Huggins became a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago in 1936. He was director of the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer Research from 1951 to 1969. Huggins’ use of female sex hormones to treat cancer of the prostate gland marked the beginning of hormone therapy and fostered the development of chemotherapy for cancer. Huggins was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1966.


“Studies in Prostatic Cancer.” Cancer Research, 1941, vol. 1, no. 4. (With C. V. Hodges.)


Hartmann, H. Lexikon der Nobelpreisträger. Frankfurt-Berlin, 1967.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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