Abramson Cancer Center member David C. Metz, MD, is quoted in Bloomberg.com on an article about Steve Job's condition

January 15, 2009


Jobs’s Pancreas May Be Removed After Complications

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Surgery that Apple Inc.’s Steve Jobs may be having to remove his pancreas could be the result of painful side effects from a cancer procedure, or the return of tumors he said were removed five years ago, doctors say.

If Jobs had a so-called Whipple procedure to excise the cancer, parts of his pancreas and other organs were removed. Sometimes, damage from cancer and the surgery can spur side effects, including enzyme leaks, that worsen in time, spurring a decision to remove the entire pancreas, said Robert Thomas, head of surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne ... read more