Surgical Oncology News

This section features a sampling of news related to surgical oncology from the popular press, from press releases received, or SSO news directly pertinent to SSO members.

Steve Jobs' future: Tumor complications not uncommon

Author: David W Freeman, CBS News
Jan 18, 2011

Steve Jobs is taking his second medical leave in two years - but why? The 55-year-old Apple CEO is vague on the details. But experts say it's not unusual for people with the rare pancreatic tumor for which Jobs has been treated to experience additional health problems.

Dr. Michael Poryako, medical director of liver transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, listed a slew of conditions that might be affecting the computer pioneer, who in 2009 had a liver transplant after being diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

Jaundice and kidney and vascular problems are two possibilities, he said, as well as side effects from the immunosuppressant drugs patients take following an organ transplant.

[SSO Member] Dr. Roderich Schwarz, director of surgical oncology at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, said it was possible cancer has invaded Jobs' new liver...

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