Dr. Ramzi Amri, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, claims that Steve Jobs had a mild form of cancer that is rarely fatal and that his choice of treatment ignored all conventional methods of treating it.
During a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs revealed that his doctors told him his type of cancer was incurable and gave him 3 to 6 months to live.
According to a 2008 CNN Money article, Jobs decided to employ alternative methods to treat his pancreatic cancer, hoping to avoid the operation through a special diet.
These alternate methods were said to be an influence of Jobs' Buddhist beliefs.
All this took place for nine months between his diagnosis in 2003 and at least July 2004.
Years later, Jobs passed away due to respiratory arrest caused by his pancreatic cancer.
The researcher said the former Apple's CEO's death last week at age 56 was "unnecessarily early."
Writing on Quora, a forum that is well known by prominent Silicon Valley executives, Dr. Amri had this to say: "Let me cut to the chase - Mr Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional medicine. This was, of course, a freedom he had all the rights to take, but given the circumstances it seems sound to assume that Mr. Jobs' choice for alternative medicine could have led to an unnecessarily early death."
Amri emphasized that his "personal" opinion, which was first reported by Gawker, comes from a year-and-a-half of research on the type of tumor that afflicted Jobs.
Amri wrote, "I do not pretend to know anything about the case on a personal level and I never participated in the care of Mr. Jobs. I base all my cancer figures on my own research or sources from biomedical research known to me."
Amri feels that Jobs' case of cancer was "mild" and could have been remedied if he had immediately went for surgery. But by the time Jobs underwent surgery in July 2004 at Stanford University Medical Center, Amri says it was too late.
He commented on Jobs' April 2009 liver transplant to support his argument.
"The only reason he'd have a transplant would be that the tumor invaded all major parts of the liver, which takes a considerable amount of time," Amri wrote.