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Steve Jobs` wrong choice of cancer treatment `led to unnecessarily early death`: Expert

October 15, 2011 - London

Apple's visionary leader Steve Jobs ruined his health by shunning conventional medicine in favour of alternative remedies, a leading cancer doctor has claimed.

According to Dr Ramzi Amri, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, Jobs had a mild form of cancer that is rarely fatal and that his choice of treatment 'eventually led to an unnecessarily early death'.

"Let me cut to the chase - Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional medicine," Dr Amri wrote in a forum.

"Given the circumstances, it seems sound to assume that Jobs' choice for alternative medicine has eventually led to an unnecessarily early death," he added.

Dr. Amri claimed that Jobs succumbed to the disease more quickly because of his apparent refusal to embrace 'conventional treatment', especially over the last year, the period when he visibly began to lose weight, the Daily Mail reports.

"It seems that even during this recurrent phase, Jobs opted to dedicate his time to Apple as the disease progressed, instead of opting for chemotherapy or any other conventional treatment," he wrote.

The rapid advance of the cancer caused Jobs to undergo an operation known as a 'Whipple procedure' in which he had his pancreas and duodenum removed.

Dr Amri, however, suggested that this procedure, which is only undertaken if the cancer is quickly spreading, might not have been necessary had the Apple CEO pursued conventional medicine sooner.

He claimed that had Jobs had the cancer surgically removed immediately after the disease was diagnosed then he may well have survived with 'no residual side-effects'.


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