Steve Jobs’ Liver Transplant and Tumor

Most news stories about Mr. Jobs’ tumor misleadingly refer to it as “pancreatic cancer” rather than an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor which is what it really is. The differences are critically important as these two conditions are treated differently and carry very different prognoses. The more common type of pancreatic cancer is the one from which Patrick Swayze and a number of other public figures have recently died.

Islet cell neuroendocrine tumors are much less common than pancreas cancer, have different symptoms, are usually diagnosed much earlier and have a better prognosis and prospects for long-term survival. The Resounding Health CaseBook links below contain much more information about these tumors including clinical research trials of new treatments in which patients may enroll.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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