M.D. Steven Curley

Profession: Physician

My articles:

Character: Facing An Unresectable Tumor

MRI, CT, PET and color flow ultrasonography have markedly improved our ability to stage cancer patients before an operation and to indicate if a tumor is likely to be resectable. However, these technologies are imperfect and don’t always detect the full extent of more...


The coach: battling cancer on the field

I first met the coach more than a decade ago. I'll provide a spoiler alert by telling you he is still alive as I write this piece. However, it's been a long, painful, and dramatic journey in his personal battle with cancer requiring multiple surgical procedures, a more...


Cancer Care In The Future

The future of cancer care will mean more cost-effective treatments, technology that improves outcomes (not just a shiny new hammer looking for a nail), a greater focus on improved prevention and screening, and a new mindset: A Surgical Oncologist's take on what I see more...


That Thing Was Growing Inside Me? (Part 3)

The tumor I was talking about in my last piece was big, but is not my personal record for largest tumor removed. I am certain I have colleagues who could easily describe tumors larger than the biggest one I ever resected. Sarcomas in particular can grow to a relatively more...


That Thing Was Growing Inside Me? (Part 2)

Many patients are flabbergasted when they see an image of the tumor I removed from their body. It’s remarkable when you think about all of the tissues, cells, and organs packed inside each of us. My favorite surgical space, the abdominal cavity, contains a remarkable more...


That Thing Was Growing Inside Me? (Part 1)

I am amused by the frequency of requests from patients to see the malignant tumor or tumors I surgically remove from their body. Not a month goes by without being asked to take a photograph, or in more extreme cases, to trot the specimen out to the family members, and more...


The Long Walk After Treating A Klatskin Tumor

I took the long walk today. The long walk from the operating room to the frozen section pathology suite to a consultation room in the surgical waiting area. The family of the patient whose operation I had just completed was waiting expectantly and fearfully in the room. more...


Does Your Dogma Bite?

I love dogs. While dogs are great fun, playful, and wonderful companions, they can also chew your expensive new shoes to pieces or leave malodorous droppings in the house that you follow your nose to find. Dogma is much like this. more...


Payback Is A Personal Trainer

This gentleman was several inches shorter than me, but his chest was massive. His biceps were larger than my thighs. He explained to me that the diagnosis of cancer was very inconvenient and that he needed to get back to training himself and his clients, including many more...


Good News, Bad News

I would never make it as a professional poker player because I can’t bluff when I’m holding a bad hand or keep from grinning when I have a good one. My patients can tell from my face when I walk into the clinic room what the news is going to be. more...


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