M.D. Steven Curley

Profession: Physician

My articles:

I’ll Play This Hand

Recently, as I do numerous times every week, I knocked on a clinic exam room door, opened it, and walked in. The tall cowboy put his hands on his knees and slowly unfolded himself from the chair. He gave me a warm smile and a crushing handshake. Before I could say a more...

28.11.2017

The Snap Of A Glove

I realized the snap of a glove in the operating room for me is akin to the starter's pistol for a runner or swimmer. The snap brings me into total focus on the task at hand, the operation to be performed. I am locked, loaded, and prepared to engage the malignant more...

21.11.2017

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...

04.10.2017

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...

12.09.2017

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...

15.08.2017

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...

13.06.2017

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...

06.06.2017

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...

29.05.2017

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...

09.05.2017

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...

31.01.2017

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