Biographer: Steve Jobs refused early and potentially life-saving surgery for nine months (with video)

“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,” CBS News reports. “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.”

“”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,” CBS News reports. “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.'”

CBS News reports, “He finally had the surgery and told his employees about it, but played down the seriousness of his condition. Isaacson says he was receiving cancer treatments in secret even though he was telling everyone he was cured.”

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MacDailyNews Take: What’s done is done. Hopefully the revelation will help save other people’s lives.

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Doctor: There’s no way of knowing if nine-month surgery delay shortened Steve Jobs’ life – October 15, 2011
Harvard Medical School researcher: Steve Jobs’ trust in alternative medicine likely shortened his life – October 14, 2011


  1. Yes, it’s easy to say it was stupid in hindsight, but you have to remember the surgery being offered was a Whipple. That’s as invasive a surgery as you can imagine. Your guts are completely removed. I can see how Steve might pause before undertaking such a radical reworking of his plumbing.

  2. I have done end of life care for over 30 years. After all I have seen, this is my conclusion:

    If one learns one has a cancer tumor, get it cut out immediately, plus surrounding tissue.

    Also pray, meditate, visualize, and use whatever ‘alternative’ methods you feel akin to.

    Listen to Drs, get several opinions, do own research, pick the best treatments possible from both “traditional” and “alternative” medicine and be sure there are no contraindications between anything you do.

  3. Steve Jobs joins the Stupid Club. Going for quack remedies is tantamount to suicide.

    RIP SJ – the only device beyond your legendary control turned out to be, by far, the most important one… your body.

    1. “Steve Jobs joins the Stupid Club. Going for quack remedies is tantamount to suicide.”

      Lets be honest. Conventional medicine isn’t much better. Did it help Steve McQueen? Nope. Did it help Michael Landon? Nope. Did it help Patrick Swayze. Nope.

      Think what you want. The truth is, a great deal of medical treatment today is nothing more than the 21st century equivalent of medieval medicine.

      Given a similar situation, I would consider all my options, regardless of what other people think.

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