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Steve Jobs treatment decisions
az4peaks2 posted:

This excerpt should be of interest to all Cancer patients. It should be particularly enlightening to those who believe that diet, herbs, alternative treatments and other "magical" solutions can control and/or cure Cancer of any kind. There simply is no scientifically based proof that this is the case, as much as we all would like to believe it to be so.

Make no mistake, the actions described are NOT the equivalent of a formally designed, and adhered to, program of active surveillance which does have reliable support in individually appropriate cases

Even reports from recognized research institutions concerning alternatives are carefully worded (may, possibly, imply, infer, perhaps, etc.) to clearly protect their conclusions from attack, since they are subjective hypotheses, frequently drawn from materials with little cause/effect evidence.

Traditional Allopathic Medicine certainly has its limitations and some practitioners, individual faults, but after 13 years of nearly daily research of the medical literature, in my layman's opinion, it offers the best chance for cure and/or control of significant disease. It is traditional medicine not the alternative treatments that have brought the mortality rate down 35-40% over the last 20-25 years. PSA testing, and its confirmed early detection is the single most important factor in this reduction and to think otherwise is to ignore the compelling "evidence" (not proof), that it is so.. The mortality reduction is a verifiable FACT and should not be ignored, as has recently been recommended.

The Excerpt:
"co-founder Steve Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, shrugging off protests from his family and opting instead for alternative medicine, according to the tech visionary's biographer.
When Jobs eventually sought surgery, the rare form of pancreatic cancer had spread to the tissues surrounding the organ, biographer Walter Isaacson said in an interview with "60 Minutes" on CBS, to be aired on Sunday.
Jobs also played down the seriousness of his condition and told everyone he was cured but kept receiving treatment in secret, Isaacson said in the interview, excerpts of which CBS released on Thursday.
Isaacson confirmed details that had previously been speculated upon or widely reported, including that Jobs might have been cured of his "slow-growing" cancer had he sought professional treatment sooner, rather than resorting to unconventional means.
"He tries to treat it with diet. He goes to spiritualists. He goes to various ways of doing it macrobiotically and he doesn't get an operation," Isaacson said in the interview.
Jobs deeply regretted putting off a decision that might have ultimately saved his life, according to Isaacson.
"I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don't want something to exist, you can have magical thinking .... We talked about this a lot," he said. "

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Galileo1962 responded:
Good posting, John. I read the piece in NYT and am looking forward to the book (all 600 plus pages, of which only a small portion is about cancer, I suppose).

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