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Interview Information:

One session: 04/06/2000  

Total approximate duration: 1:45

Interviewer: Louis Marchiafava

 

About the Interview Subject:

Dr. Montague (d. 12/2018) was a pioneer in the field of breast cancer research and treatment.  She joined MD Anderson in 1961, and became a Professor of Radiotheraphy in 1973.  She retired from M.D. Anderson in 1986.  She was an advocate of patient participation in treatment, as well as an early proponent for the combined use of surgery and radiation in the treatment of breast cancer.  She was also a strong supporter of public health education.  In this interview she discusses her career at MD Anderson and the people who influenced the emerging field of oncology. She talks about her decision to study medicine, her decision to focus on breast cancer, and the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in a predominiately male field. She also discusses the leadership of Dr. Gilbert H. Fletcher.  She shares specifics about research into radiation therapies for breast cancer and the details of working with multi-disciplinary teams.

Background: born in Genoa, Italy, Dr. Montague was raised in Pennsylvania. She received her M.D. from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as the Medical College of Pennsylvania) in 1950. She then spent two years in Japan, where her husband was stationed in a MASH unit, and where she also worked as a radiologist. Upon her return, she completed her residency in Radiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She then began an American Cancer Society fellowship at MD Anderson’s Radiotherapy Department in 1959.

Publications and Awards: Dr. Montague authored or co-authored over 100 articles regarding the treatment of cancer. She received many honors such as 984 - Alumnae Achievement Award; 1984 - Past State President’s Award from the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women; 1985 - Janeway Medal from the American Radium Society; 1986 - Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America; 1986 - Distinguised Service Award and Outstanding Achievement Award from MD Anderson; 1990 - Marie Curie Recipient from the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR); 1992 - Gold Medal for Distinguished and Extraordinary Service to the ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology); 1993- inducted into the Texas Women’s University’s Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. The AAWR has also honored her by naming an award after her – the Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology

 

Major Topics Covered:

 

Personal background and education

Single sex education, women at MD Anderson

MD Anderson in the Fifties and Sixties

Radiation therapy: overview of field

Radiation therapy at MD Anderson: Gilbert Fletcher; institutional support for the field

Radiation therapy, treatments: development of therapeutic techniques; the effect of technology; collaborations with other Texas Medical Center Institutions

Multi-disciplinary care: an early MD Anderson commitment; narratives of multi-disciplinary treatment

 

About transcription and the transcript

 

This interview had been transcribed according to oral history best practices to preserve the conversational quality of spoken language (rather than editing it to written standards).

The interview subject has been given the opportunity to review the transcript and make changes: any substantial departures from the audio file are indicated with brackets [ ].

In addition, the Archives may have redacted portions of the transcript and audio file in compliance with HIPAA and/or interview subject requests.

 


 

Table of Contents

 

Interview Session One: April 6, 2000

 

An Immigrant Family and an Early Interest in Medicine
Chapter 01 / Personal Background

 

Medical School, Marriage, and Selecting Radiology
Chapter 02 / Professional Path

 

 

A Woman in the Medical Profession in the Fifties
Chapter 03 / Educational Path

 

 

Mentors and Coming to MD Anderson
Chapter 04 / Professional Path

 

 

Gilbert Fletcher and MD Anderson in the Early Years
Chapter 05 / Key MD Anderson Figures

 

 

Early Supervoltage Treatment and Multi-Disciplinary Treatment at MD Anderson
Chapter 06 / Building the Institution

 

 

Advances in Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer in the Sixties and Seventies
Chapter 07 / Building the Institution

 

 

Early Debates about Radiation Therapy and Breast Cancer; Early Contributions to the Field
Chapter 08 / Building the Institution

 

 

MD Anderson’s Early Support for Radiation Therapy and an Innovative Commitment to Multi-disciplinary Care
Chapter 09 / Building the Institution

 

 

A Focus on Breast Cancer and an Overview of MD Anderson’s Advances in Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer
Chapter 10 / The Researcher

 

 

Early Radiation Therapy: Selecting Patients to Receive Treatment and Cooperation among Texas Medical Center Institutions
Chapter 11 / Overview

 

 

Two Major Developments at MD Anderson: Multi-disciplinary Care and Treatment of Subclinical Disease
Chapter 12 / Overview

 

 

Material for the Archives and Final Thoughts
Chapter 13 / Personal Background

 

 

 


Chapter Summaries

Interview Session One: April 6, 2000 (listen/read)

 

Chapter 00A:
Interview Identifier (listen/read)

 

Chapter 01  (Personal Background)
An Immigrant Family and an Early Interest in Medicine   (listen/read)

Codes

  • Professional Path
  • Evolution of Career
  • Inspirations to Practice Science/Medicine
  • Influences from People and Life Experiences
  • Cultural/Social Influences

 


Chapter 02  (Professional Path)
Medical School, Marriage, and Selecting Radiology   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Personal Background
  • Professional Path
  • Evolution of Career
  • Inspirations to Practice Science/Medicine
  • Influences from People and Life Experiences
  • Experiences Related to Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • Cultural/Social Influences
  • Joining MD Anderson

 


Chapter 03  (Educational Path)
A Woman in the Medical Profession in the Fifties   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Personal Background
  • Professional Path
  • Evolution of Career
  • Inspirations to Practice Science/Medicine
  • Influences from People and Life Experiences
  • Experiences Related to Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • Cultural/Social Influences
  • Joining MD Anderson

 


Chapter 04  (Professional Path)
Mentors and Coming to MD Anderson   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Personal Background
  • Professional Path
  • Evolution of Career
  • Experiences Related to Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • Joining MD Anderson
  • Mentoring
  • On Mentoring
  • MD Anderson Culture
  • Women and Minorities at Work

 


Chapter 05  (Key MD Anderson Figures)
Gilbert Fletcher and MD Anderson in the Early Years   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Portraits
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot
  • On Texas and Texans
  • Women and Minorities at Work

 


Chapter 06  (Building the Institution)
Early Supervoltage Treatment and Multi-Disciplinary Treatment at MD Anderson   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Overview
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • Definitions, Explanations, Translations
  • Research
  • Discovery and Success
  • Survivors, Survivorship
  • Patients, Treatment, Survivors
  • Understanding Cancer, the History of Science, Cancer Research
  • Technology and R&D
  • The History of Health Care, Patient Care
  • Portraits
  • Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Religion
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot

 


Chapter 07  (Building the Institution)
Advances in Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer in the Sixties and Seventies   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Overview
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • Definitions, Explanations, Translations
  • Research
  • Discovery and Success
  • Survivors, Survivorship
  • Patients, Treatment, Survivors
  • Understanding Cancer, the History of Science, Cancer Research
  • Technology and R&D
  • The History of Health Care, Patient Care
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot
  • MD Anderson Culture

 


Chapter 08  (Building the Institution)
Early Debates about Radiation Therapy and Breast Cancer; Early Contributions to the Field   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Overview
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • Definitions, Explanations, Translations
  • Research
  • Discovery and Success
  • Survivors, Survivorship
  • Patients, Treatment, Survivors
  • Understanding Cancer, the History of Science, Cancer Research
  • Technology and R&D
  • The History of Health Care, Patient Care
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot
  • MD Anderson Culture
  • Controversies

 


Chapter 09  (Building the Institution)
MD Anderson’s Early Support for Radiation Therapy and an Innovative Commitment to Multi-disciplinary Care   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Overview
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • Definitions, Explanations, Translations
  • Research
  • Discovery and Success
  • Survivors, Survivorship
  • Patients, Treatment, Survivors
  • Understanding Cancer, the History of Science, Cancer Research
  • Technology and R&D
  • The History of Health Care, Patient Care
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot
  • MD Anderson Culture

 


Chapter 10  (The Researcher)
A Focus on Breast Cancer and an Overview of MD Anderson’s Advances in Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Building/Transforming the Institution
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • Definitions, Explanations, Translations
  • Research
  • Discovery and Success
  • Survivors, Survivorship
  • Patients, Treatment, Survivors
  • Understanding Cancer, the History of Science, Cancer Research
  • Technology and R&D
  • The History of Health Care, Patient Care
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot
  • MD Anderson Culture

 


Chapter 11  (Overview)
Early Radiation Therapy: Selecting Patients to Receive Treatment and Cooperation among Texas Medical Center Institutions   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Institutional Processes
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • Definitions, Explanations, Translations
  • Discovery and Success
  • Survivors, Survivorship
  • Patients, Treatment, Survivors
  • Technology and R&D
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot
  • MD Anderson Culture
  • The Researcher
  • Building/Transforming the Institution
  • Understanding Cancer, the History of Science, Cancer Research
  • The History of Health Care, Patient Care
  • Critical Perspectives
  • Critical Perspectives

 


Chapter 12  (Overview)
Two Major Developments at MD Anderson: Multi-disciplinary Care and Treatment of Subclinical Disease   (listen/read)

Codes

 

  • Institutional Processes
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • Technology and R&D
  • MD Anderson History
  • MD Anderson Snapshot
  • MD Anderson Culture
  • Discovery and Success
  • Definitions, Explanations, Translations

 


Chapter 13  (Personal Background)
Material for the Archives and Final Thoughts   (listen/read)