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The Apple chief executive, who died this month after a pancreatic tumour spread elsewhere, delayed having operations and chemotherapy for nine months after the disease was discovered in October 2003.
When he eventually agreed to treatment, Mr Jobs went to great expense to ensure that he was given the most pioneering work available, Isaacson writes, having his DNA sequenced for $100,000 (£62,000).
Isaacson, who interviewed Mr Jobs more than 40 times over two years, states that this allowed Mr Jobs's doctors to tailor his drugs to target defective molecular pathways in his body. But eventual surgery revealed that the cancer had spread to tissue surrounding his pancreas.
Now, think about this for one moment. Charities pay their permanent staff, they pay doctors, nurses, researchers, and are a large part of the funding for research labs doing research into disease. Do you think they would be ecstatically happy for a cure to be found? Would you like to be out of a job tomorrow? On a humanitarian level, of course they would be happy, but on a personal level, they have family to feed.
Well that's the thing, yes medicine in the US is profit-lead. But in the UK it is results-lead, and there are a number of charities, including the huge Cancer Research charity, who raise and spend a fortune on cancer treatments. And they've never endorsed *any* of the alternative treatments.
yes but for every sick person their is 7 people running behind them cleaning up it keeps people in jobs you know same as the junkies to give them their hit free costs xxxx but they do 20 times more damage shoplifting etc and it keeps the courts /police etc in work where would one of those kiddy fiddling judges get a job otherwise its all about keeping us plebs occupied and distracted
The thing that always bothers me about these alternative cancer cures, there's a lot of countries in the world that aren't dominated by the pharma industry in the same way the USA is.
The British with the NHS for example, if the NHS could find a cancer treatment that worked, and was natural, and was therefore a fraction of the price of traditional treatments, they would be all over it.
Likewise many other countries, like, most of them.
I just don't believe that if these alternatives really worked, there wouldn't be many countries in the world already using them.