Steve Jobs Refused Early Cancer Treatment, Regretted Alternative Therapies
Steve Jobs official biographer Walter Isaacson told 60 minutes that Mr Jobs refused early cancer treatment and later regretted his decision to try alternative therapies:
“Apple CEO Steve Jobs refused to allow surgeons to perform what could have been life-saving surgery on his pancreatic cancer, says his biographer Walter Isaacson. In one of his deepest discussions with him, Isaacson says Jobs told him he regretted his decision to try alternative therapies and said he put off the operation because it was too invasive.”
Early surgery could potentially have saved his life, and by the time the surgery did occur 9 months later in 2004, the cancer had spread to tissues surrounding his pancreas. Here’s a snippet on why Jobs refused the surgery early on:
“I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn’t get an operation then] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened…I didn’t want to be violated in that way,'” Isaacson recalls. So he waited nine months, while his wife and others urged him to do it, before getting the operation, reveals Isaacson. Asked by Kroft how such an intelligent man could make such a seemingly stupid decision, Isaacson replies, “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 tells Kroft. “He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”
The idea that Jobs cancer was not adequately treated is a disturbing concept, but echoes closely the thoughts of Harvard medical researcher Ramzi Amri, who in a prominent thread on Quora, essentially asserted that Steve Jobs cancer should have been treatable and survivable.
The full 60 minutes segment on Steve Jobs with biographer Walter Isaacson airs this Sunday at 7PM on CBS, which you can also watch online.
The official biography of Steve Jobs is to be released on October 24.