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Hyperthermia Cancer Treatment at the AMC Cancer Research Center and Hospital, between 1950-1970

Identifier: B063.03.0036.00004


A male patient receiving hyperthermia treatment for cancer at the American Medical Center (AMC) Cancer Research Center and Hospital. Nurse Betty Bales is adjusting a thermometer for the treatment which helps to weaken cancer cells. AMC was located on the grounds of the former Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS). The JCRS was a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients that was founded in 1904 by a group of immigrant Jewish workingmen along with the support of several leading physicians and rabbis in Denver, Colorado. The sanatorium was located on West Colfax Avenue just outside of Denver. In the 1950s, the institution reincorporated as the American Medical Center and became one of the first dedicated cancer institutions in the nation.


  • between 1950-1970


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Hyperthermia Cancer Treatment at the AMC Cancer Research Center and Hospital

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1 Items (photograph)

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The collection contains materials intentionally assembled by the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Jews in the Rocky Mountain region. The bulk of the photographs are from or related to various towns in Colorado, but the collection also contains photographs from other states in the western United States and other countries. There are some 19th century photograph types represented in the collection, including albumen prints, daguerrotypes, tintypes, post cards, colorized prints, cabinet cards, and cartes-de-visite.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good 8 x 10 inches black and white


Accession # 1271, Donated by AMC Cancer Research Center as part of the JCRS Records.


Title supplied by archivist.

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on envelope: ''#463 AMC Cancer Research Center and Hospital''. On back of photograph: ''Mrs. Betty Bales, R.N., adjusts a thermometer coupling for a patient receiving hyperthermia treatment at AMCD. Hyperthermia (heat & fever) therapy is combined with injections of MBT (mixed bacterial toxins) for patients who have failed to respond to conventional forms of therapy. The toxins stimulate the patient's immune response system , strengthening the patient's ability to fight off his cancer. Hyperthermia weakens cancer cells, which are more sensitive to high temperature than are normal cells''.


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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