Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography is set to hit newsstands next week, October 24, containing intriguing details about the Apple co-founder life and his relationships with family, friends, and enemies alike.
One of the bases touched by the book is Jobs decision to delay surgery for almost a whole year after learning in October 2003 that he was suffering from a neuroendocrine tumor or, a relatively treatable and rare form of pancreatic cancer.
At the time, Jobs felt that he could rid his body of the disease with natural treatments, including juice fasts, bowel cleansings and other unproven approaches, according to Foxnews
Isaacson reportedly says in his book that Jobs initially tried a vegan diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments. He even consulted a psychic but eventually agreed to having surgery in 2004.
Quoting Jobs, Isaacson wrote: "`I really didn't want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work,' he told me years later with a hint of regret."
But Jobs didn’t quite regret his decision until recent years when it had become obvious that the cancer was making a comeback.
In 2005, Jobs gave a remarkable speech in front of Stanford University graduates saying he had won the battle with cancer, and that he was happy to be able to sit there with them on that warm summer day.
Years later, Jobs’ condition would get worse, and he would take several medial leaves to continue treatment.
During his second leave, the Apple CEO had a liver transplant which, although necessary, may have helped the cancer spread more rapidly, according to physician accounts.
When Jobs announced his third medical leave, it had become obvious that things were taking a turn for the worse. Jobs died on October 5, 2011 leaving the entire world in grief.