Information from the Marie Curie website:
Marie Curie is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium, and her huge contribution to the fight against cancer. This work continues to inspire our charity's mission to support people living with terminal illness, including cancer. In 1903 Marie and Pierre were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with Henri Becquerel for their combined, though separate, work on radioactivity. A successful name in the field of science, Marie Curie allowed her name to be used by the Marie Curie Hospital in north London. Opened in 1930, it was staffed entirely by women to treat female cancer patients using radiology. It also had research facilities.
Now, in the 21st century, Marie Curie is a major UK charity for people living with any terminal illness, not just cancer, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.
Information and support
If you've been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or you're supporting someone who has, we offer a range of information and support online, through our Freephone Support Line, via web chat and in free publications and resources. Whether you need specific, practical guidance or you just need someone to talk to, we're here for you.
Our 2,160 nurses make it possible for people living with any terminal illness to die peacefully at home, surrounded by the people that mean the most to them. Find out more about our nurses or read some real stories.
Our nine hospices offer round-the-clock, expert care and support, in a friendly, welcoming environment. Some people visit for the day to use services, while others stay for longer. Have a read of some real stories from patients.
Our trained, dedicated Helper volunteers spend a few hours a week visiting people with a terminal illness, offering companionship, emotional support and practical help. Find out more about our Helpers or see how to become one.
Marie Curie is the leader in research into better ways of caring for people with terminal illnesses. We incorporate what we learn into the care and support we provide, and share it with others so we can make care better for everyone.
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