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Steve Jobs’ pancreatic cancer may have been diagnosed late

jobssteve100611_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Steve Jobs’ death was caused by a rare form of pancreatic cancer. In 2004, Jobs announced that he had undergone surgery for a rare form of the disease called an islet-cell neuroendocrine tumor.

A patient’s best hope for survival may be that the tumor is operable. ABC News reported that in February 2009 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had an early-stage pancreatic tumor removed at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Experts are speculating that Steve Jobs’ cancer may have been a case of late diagnosis.

Allheadlinenews.com reports that pancreatic cancer has become the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is also the most deadly with a survival rate of only 6 percent. The American Cancer Society says around 44,030 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, and about 37,660 will die because of it. Yet there have been no major advances in treatments or early detection.

Steve Jobs received a liver transplant five years after his cancer surgery. Dr. Khaled el-Shami, a cancer specialist at George Washington University Medical Center said, according to Voice of America News, “It’s a balance between removing a big chunk of cancer in the liver and the risk of weakening the immune system, which may encourage the original cancer to return, and even the emergence of others.

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The chairman of General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Matthew Walsh believes Jobs' cancer was never likely to be cured. He said, “Most patients might think that they are cured of the cancer after treatments. The cancer tends to be a disease that does come back, spreads, does take your strength away.”



 
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6 Tuesday, 18 October 2011 17:21
Ken the Statistician
Read his statement carefully, it is specifically for pancreatic cancer, which with a 5 year relative survival of 2-3% looks like it doesn't result in any cures.
5 Wednesday, 12 October 2011 05:13
stacierocha
i will miss u steve http://bit.ly/reaflS
4 Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:15
Jim Dodge
4th leading cancer cause and all they should screen for it.

This page

http://www.nhwellnesscenters.com/stevejobs/

is doing a pretty unique fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research in honor of Steve Jobs. I wish the stories were more specific, but it's pretty cool.
3 Tuesday, 11 October 2011 08:49
YVETTE L.
I MAY BE PARTIALLY BIASED AS MY DAUGHTER HAS WORKED AT FOR APPLE SEVERAL YEARS NOW...HOWEVER, WE CANNOT EVER FORGET NOR DENY STEVE JOBS' INNOVATION, INSPIRATION, TENACITY AND SHEER BRILLIANCE...AS HE BROUGHT AMAZING TECHNOLOGY TO THE WORLD...HE ALSO REPRESENTS A GREAT MESSAGE FOR ME PERSONALLY; WHICH IS NEVER SETTLE, DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS NO MATTER HOW EXTREME THEY MAY BE, FOLLOW YOUR PASSION...AND WHAT YOU TRULY LOVE, AND EMBRACE EVERY MOMENT...EMPHATICALLY.
RIP... MR. JOBS...AND I THANK YOU, FOR AFFORDING MY CHILD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF YOUR WONDERFUL PHILOSOPHY, ONE THAT HAS ENRICHED HER NOT JUST HER CAREER AND PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE...BUT FROM MY VIEW...GIVEN HER A SENSE OF PRIDE AND ADORATION FOR THE WORK SHE DOES EVERYDAY AT YOUR STORE.
MAY YOU LOOK DOWN UPON US KNOWING YOUR GENTLE FORCE OF NATURE WILL INSPIRE GENERATIONS TO COME. THANK GOD, YOU ARE NO LONGER IN PAIN. AND WE ALL WILL WORK HARD TO PROMOTE YOUR LEGACY.
REST EASY MY FELLOW HUMAN BEING.
AND MAY APPLE CONTINUE TO EMBRACE YOUR VISION FOREVER!
PEACE.
2 Monday, 10 October 2011 22:57
SHARI
LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD AN I-PHONE ARE BITTER; BUT STEVE JOBS WAS A GENIUS.
AN IMPOSSIBLE ACT TO FOLLOW.
HE WILL BE MISSED.
1 Monday, 10 October 2011 06:38
Dr Puneet Pareek MD & Dr Sandeep Muzumdar MD
We totally disagree with the statement of Dr Matthew Walsh that ALL the patients who think that they 'might' be cured, have their disease ultimately return back and take the strength away. cancer is a very broad term in which many different tumors and abnormal growths ( neoplasias) with different rates of cure are clubbed together. In general , its curable if detected in early stage, and releif from suffering possible even in advanced stages. Clubbed together almost 50% of those diagnosed get completely cured. one may even read more at http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/survival/latestrates/

Division of Radiation Oncology
Medanta, The Medicity,
NCR, Delhi, India

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