Steve Jobs is No more. Long battle with Pancreatic Cancer takes its toll
Breaking New: Oct 5, 2011: Steve Jobs Passed Away today. We are really really shocked to hear that he is no more. Steve you will be missed and remembered. In honor of his memory, we are supporting the ‘iHonor Steve Campaign‘ – which is trying to get people to visit any apple store near them in Steve’s memory.
Even though Steve has finally succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer after being diagnosed of it in 2004, we was still a winner. he overcame the disease and went on to live perhaps the most successful years.
Arguably, the greatest technology entrepreneur of all time, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 (Patrick Swayze succumbed to pancreatic cancer, after a brave fight in 2010). It has just been reported today that Steve Jobs has taken another Medical Leave of Absence.
Today we focus our efforts on clinical trials and new treatments for pancreatic cancer and Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, who has previously successfully fought this grim disease (see other posts about celebrities and their fight against diseases) .
Pancreatic cancer is a formation of a tumor in the pancreas, an organ in the abdomen. The pancreas release enzymes that help in digestion and metabolism, including Insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer, is also called a “silent killer”, because it does not cause noticeable symptoms until it’s well advanced. Significant weight loss, along with pain in the abdomen, loss of appetite and jaundice are common leading symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancers are among the most difficult to treat cancers as less than 5% of those with this disease remain alive after 5 years. Thus the survival rate for most forms of pancreatic cancer are very low. Some of the risk factors associated with the disease are –
- Age (particularly those above 60 yrs)
- Male (30% more likely than females)
- Alcohol (still controversial but considered by many to associated with the disease)
It is believed that Steve Jobs underwent ‘Whipple’s procedure‘ (technically, called a pancreatico-duodenectomy – meaning removal of the pancreas and part of the duodenum) in July 2004 after initially rejecting conventional medical intervention. His extremely gaunt body structure over the past few years have constantly raised rumors that he is still suffering from pancreatic cancer or some other illness. You can get inspired by Steve Job’s speech on his fight against pancreatic cancer at Stanford University.
Some of the on-going clinical trials for pancreatic cancer are:
- Pancreatic cancer clinical trial for patients with advanced pancreas cancer and Capecitabine Docetaxel and Gemcitabine
- Pancreatic cancer clinical trial with cisplatin metronome low-dose interferon
- Pancreatic cancer clinical trial with Gemcitabine Hydrochloride followed By Chemotherapy
As entrepreneurs we love and admire Steve Jobs, who’s redefined several industries including media, computers, communication and movies, but more importantly we salute him for his resilience in the face of adversity, especially when that adversity is in the form of pancreatic cancer, which is expected to kill about 85% of the 43,000 people suffering from this disease by the end of 2010.
We all wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is back in full health to lead Apple to greater heights