Rearview Mirror Reflections depicts the family biographical reflections of one who was
born and reared in the Deep South during the late 1940s. This narrative presents a collection
of illuminating short stories and incidents that reveals the delightful, difficult, and sometimes
complicated experiences of my childhood.
These informative reflected stories, events, people, and places were collected as the
remembrance of them flowed from my richly endowed memories. However, the presentation of
hem will not always be arranged in the order in which these experiences occurred.
Life has a way of beckoning at us from our past. Reflections of it show up as bright as the
noonday sun alluding to the fact that it has in some way shaped our present day. Experiences and
lessons learned stare toward us with clear perceptions of those former days.
The joys and the sorrows of our family still stand out as markers of progressiveness and
accomplishments. Nowhere has it been known of as having a childhood such as ours.
As I was growing up I did not have anything to compare my life with. So, I simply accepted
things as they were. Nevertheless, my growing up years holds many fond memories that I would
not have traded for anything else.
Therefore, many of my reflections may seem somewhat amusing, and maybe incredible to
believe by some, or even a bit absurd. Nevertheless, they all identify my youth as I reflect upon
It is my hope that you will enjoy reading my family biographical reflections as well as I did
in sharing them with you.
o Tumours of the Adrenal Gland
o Ampullary Cancer
o Anal Cancer
o Breast Cancer
o Colon Cancer
o Colorectal Liver Metastases
o Cutaneous Melanoma
o Gallbladder Cancer
o Gastric Adenocarcinoma
o Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours
o Hepatocellular Carcinoma
o Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences
o Neuroendocrine Tumours (GastroEnteroPancreatic)
o Palliative Surgical Care
o Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas
o Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
o Rectal Cancer
o Retroperitoneal and Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcomas
o Thyroid Cancer
The target audience for this book includes medical students, general surgery residents, fellows and practicing general surgeons. The manual was written in such a way that it focuses on patient care and provides a step by step approach as to how the patient should be clinically managed. Each chapter includes " Toronto Pearls" in the management of each malignancy, and provides guidance regarding how clinicians at the University of Toronto manage cancer. An extensive review of the literature was completed and is included in the reference list. The manual also includes seminal papers that must be familiar to anyone dealing with cancer patients. Key papers in each oncologic subspecialty and their outcomes are summarized in tables for easy reference. Although there are similar books available in nature to this manual, the Surgical Oncology Manual provides a more practical and evidence based approach to patient management, that is easy to use and read.