Category Archives: Oncology

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...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

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...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

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...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

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...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

Glioblastoma: Remission Rather Than Progression

For the first time American neurosurgeons have employed genetically modified T cells in the treatment of a solid tumour. One patient with recurrent and multifocal glioblastoma ended up being in remission for about seven months. more...

Metastases: The Palm Oil Receptor

It was previously unclear which tumour cells are able to metastasise. For this to happen, apparently certain fat-sensitive receptors, which the metastasising cells carry in their membrane, are necessary. High-fat foods, palm oil in particular, promote metastasis. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

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...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

p53: Who’s Arousing The Tumour Slayer?

p53 is one of the body's most important weapons against cancer. In most tumours the tumour suppressor gene is however mutated. Scientists have for a long time been trying to retrieve this "guardian of the genome". The pharmaceutical giants are now enthusiastically more...

Article by Nicole Simon

Cervical Cancer: An Injection Of New Hope

Cervical cancer rates as one of the most common cancers in women. Approximately 500,000 women fall victim to it annually worldwide; 350,000 die. Recovery is only possible with treatment at an early stage or with complete removal of the tumor. A therapeutic vaccine will 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...

Blog entry by Steven Curley
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