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Dale Kurzen

Cancerous Soft Tissue

When Dale Kurzen noticed a lump on his arm, he called his doctor the next day and was referred to Scott Weiner, M.D., chairman of the department of orthopaedics at Summa Health System.

“I was very glad to find out he was an orthopaedic oncologist and a real specialist in his field.” Kurzen recalled.

Kurzen had a soft tissue histeocytoma and underwent radiation treatments prior to having the cancer removed.

“They had cut three or four of my tendons to get all of the cancerous tissue out. There was a hand surgeon present during the operation to see what had to be repaired down the road. It’s very unique.”

Today Kurzen is cancer-free. “I can’t say enough about what they did for me at Summa.” 

“In my case, I had a very rare type of cancer and I also was very fortunate, I found out later, I got a doctor that, he’s renowned in his field in this type of cancer," Dale said.   "He did a great job and he gave me a lot of hope. As a life-long motorcycle enthusiast, it was important to regain the strength in this hand".

Dale relates, “You know it’s great when you have your lovely wife with you and you’re riding off into the sunset, and you hear the roar of that motor, and you got great scenery around you, there’s nobody out there… the exhilaration of it all, just being out there and being able to use that right hand and move along and enjoy those things in life.”