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                                     Pancreatic Cancer
                                     Posted by news on Monday, 3 October, 2011, 11:58 AM




                                                                       But the visionary digital leader had been battling
                                                                       pancreatic cancer since 2004. Pancreatic cancer is one
                                                                       of the faster spreading cancers; only about 4% of
                                                                       patients can expect to survive five years after their
                                                                       diagnosis. Each year, about 44000 new ...

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                                     Pancreatic Cancer
                                     Posted by news on Monday, 3 October, 2011, 11:58 AM




                                                                                           Related      Topics:      apple,   Cancer,
                                                                                           Cancer, Medicine, pancreatic cancer,
                                                                                           steve jobs In their announcement of
                                                                                           founder Steve Jobs' death, at age 56,
                                                                                           Apple officials did not mention a
                                                                                           specific cause of death. But the
                                                                                           visionary digital leader had been
                                                                                           battling pancreatic cancer since 2004.


                                                                                           Pancreatic cancer is one of the faster
                                     spreading cancers; only about 4% of patients can expect to survive five years after
                                     their diagnosis. Each year, about 44,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S., and
                                     37,000 people die of the disease.


                                     The pancreas contains two types of glands: exocrine glands that produce enzymes
                                     that break down fats and proteins, and endocrine glands that make hormones like
                                     insulin that regulate sugar in the blood. Jobs died of tumors originating in the
                                     endocrine glands, which are among the rarer forms of pancreatic cancer.


                                     In 2004, Jobs underwent surgery to remove the cancer from his pancreas. In 2009,
                                     after taking another leave of absence from Apple, Jobs had a liver transplant in an
                                     effort to retain as much of his organ function as possible after his cancer had spread
                                     beyond the pancreas. In January, he took a third leave from the company before
                                     resigning as CEO in August.


                                     "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties
                                     and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs wrote in a
                                     letter to the Apple board of directors on August 24. "Unfortunately, that day has
                                     come."


                                     According to experts, Jobs' was an uphill medical battle. "He not only had cancer, he
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                                     was battling the immune suppression after the liver transplant," Dr. Timothy Donahue

				
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Description: But the visionary digital leader had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2004. Pancreatic cancer is one of the faster spreading cancers; only about 4% of patients can expect to survive five years after their diagnosis. Each year, about 44000 new ...