Steven Curley, M.D., F.A.C.S. Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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I like the silly humor in a scene from the movie “The Return of the Pink Panther”. Peter Sellers, playing the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, enters an inn to request a room for the night. After the usual language miscommunications between Clouseau and the innkeeper,  more...

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