Steve Jobs And Pancreatic Cancer

Steve Jobs And Pancreatic Cancer

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In the recent times, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is one of the most renowned personality in the field of business. But very less people knows that in truth he is a patient of pancreatic cancer.

In the year 2004, Jobs came to know that he is suffering from pancreatic cancer. He developed a large gland behind the stomach which supplies the body with insulin and digestive enzymes. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of pancreatic cancer that has the life expectancy of atleast one year. But Jobs was actually very lucky to have a very rare kind of cancer known as islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. This type of tumor has the option to be treated surgically, either with chemotherapy or radiation.

For the whole nine months, Steve went through several alternative treatments, but in reality his tumor was removed on July 31st, 2004 at the Stanford University Medical Clinic in Palo Alto.

In January 2009, Steve took a six month leave from work due to his health concerns. A liver transplant surgery took place in April 2008 in Memphis, TN. Though the transplants takes lot of time and as such liver is removed after cutting several ligaments which hold it in place, as well as several ducts, arteries plus veins.

During the liver transplant surgery, a new liver is carried from the recently decreased donor and the blood from the liver gets changed with a very cold liquid. The new liver has to be placed in the vacant liver cavity and tied to the severed ligaments ducts and blood vessels. However, in the case of Steve, the recovery had been magnificient. He was said to have completely recouped from the treatment. According to the medical experts, if Steve did this procedure, it means that even if his cancer had spread to the liver, it did not metastasize any further.

It would really be sad if a person like Steve Jobs has had to go through this at the primitive age of 50. Job is now in reduction after undergoing a radical new procedure where the part of the pancreas has been removed.

There are many speculations about his health, but Apple reports that still Steve Jobs contributes heavily for the company and is in remission from cancer.


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