Patt Morrison for October 24, 2011

What makes pancreatic cancer so deadly?

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A man uses his iPad to take a picture of an Apple store closed to the public to allow employees to watch a webcast of a celebration of Steve Jobs' life from the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on October 19, 2011, in Santa Monica, Calif. Jobs succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

It’s the deadliest and most intractable form of cancer, and Steve Jobs lived with it for over six years.

The new biography out today reveals Job’s decision to pursue alternative treatment such as a vegan diet and acupuncture rather than undergo surgical procedures. Nine months would pass since his diagnosis before he had the operation.

WEIGH IN:

How do doctors approach patients who seek alternative medicine? What is the psychology behind these life and death decisions? What are the current options for treating pancreatic cancer? Why does it remain such a deadly disease?

Guest:

Dr. Edward Wolin, co-director of the Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program Medical Oncology at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center


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