New York (Wall Street) – JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive officer Jamie Dimon has recently announced that he has throat cancer. Despite having this life threatening illness, Dimon will continue running the huge financial services firm “as normal” as he receives treatment.
Dimon, 58, will be undergoing radiation and chemotherapy at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for about eight weeks. During that time, he plans to continue running the largest U.S. bank and remain involved in its activity.
“I feel very good now and will let all of you know if my health situation changes,” Dimon wrote in a memo to employees. “Importantly, there is no evidence of cancer elsewhere in my body.”
Dimon has said that the throat cancer was caught at an early stage, making it likely that he will properly recover. The cancer was discovered about two weeks ago, when Dimon went to a doctor because he was not feeling well. Since then, he has undergone multiple intensive tests and has visited numerous doctors.
Although Dimon’s cancer can be easily treated, his work schedule is proving to be tricky for doctors to work with. He is expected to receive high-energy X-rays for around 15 minutes each day, as well as weekly infusions with drugs around once a week, said Dr. Robert Haddad, a disease center leader for the head-neck oncology program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“The challenge with this treatment is the fact that it’s a daily treatment,” Haddad said in an interview. “Logistically it’s quite demanding because he has to go to the cancer center every day, five days a week, for seven weeks.”
Hopefully, Jamie Dimon can keep up with both the cancer treatment and his busy schedule at JPMorgan Chase & Co and will make a speedy recovery.