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.

Previous Update : Steve Jobs Announces Medical Leave of Absence. Perhaps his Pancreatic Cancer has returned?

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)
  • Smoking
  • 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:

You can also search for clinical trials by treatments such as radiation therapy, biomarkers and Gemcitabine Hydrochloride. A list of all active clinical trials can be found here.

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

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24 thoughts on “Steve Jobs is No more. Long battle with Pancreatic Cancer takes its toll

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  4. Here is a great article on Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze and pancreatic cancer ( It talks about how the existing treatments have not helped in increasing the survival rates of pancreatic cancer patients, but the new clinical research looks more optimistic. It also talks about some preventive measures, which I think is a great read for everyone.

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  7. Just to be clear, Steve Jobs’ pancreatic cancer is islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of the disease which is slow growing and much more treatable than the more common adenocarcinoma form of pancreatic cancer (which Patrick Swayze had). Big difference. The more common adenocarcinoma form of PC is the one with the 6% 5-year survival rate, with an average life expectancy after diagnosiis of 3-6 months.

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  9. I am not promoting APeX ICAM protocol, but it seems to be working. (They don’t advertise or solicit study group members, so I’m probably not supposed to post this). My friend who has pancreatic cancer told me about it. He seems to be doing well. They say they use only formal medical records from oncologists to track each person’s progress and they put this on their website.

    They just finished a four year free study and are now making the study bigger, but they are a non-profit that won’t take money from drug companies or the government, so be prepared that they are asking the new study group to help support the program, which is a CAM type study, not a formal clinical trial.

  10. Steve jobs is taking a medical leave of absence again. He hasn’t disclosed the specific cause, but we hope all is well with him. Apple is due to release their earnings tomorrow.

  11. it is being rumoured that this leave of absence could be either due to lymphoma or hepatitis (steve jobs as possibly had a liver transplant during his sickness in 2009). in any case, we wish him the best of health

  12. we have been routinely been asked “what stage pancreatic cancer was steve jobs diagonsed with”.

    well the exact details of his case are not well known but it is believed that he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer that is considered to be benign and can be removed surgically. other forms are more malignant and spread faster, making them difficult to treat

  13. i hope steve is fine. i just checked that the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is not very good. its is a rather malignant form of cancer. however, steve probably had more benign form of the cancer which was removed surgically as it was localized.

    He could have had another illness. Or maybe a recurrence of the pancreatic cancer.

  14. steve jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. approximately when he was in his late forties. maybe the cancer is back or it could be some other disease

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  16. My wife and I just saw an awesome show on steve jobs and his part in Pixar Animation Studios. The movie opened me up to a new idea into this cool man and why he gets hit after hit. everyone even remotely interested in apple and/or steve jobs, fire up the netflix…named The Pixar Story.

  17. Riiiiight. So, Jobs was diagnosed with cancer, tried natural remedies, these spectacularly failed, and despite having the less aggressive form of the cancer and the resources for the very best in conventional care they were still unable to save him due to this delay. And this is somehow an endorsement for his earlier utterly misguided treatment decision? What am I missing here?

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