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Steve Jobs undergoes successful treatment for cancer

updated 01:25 am EDT, Mon August 2, 2004

Jobs treated for Cancer

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, the company's co-founder told employees in a company-wide e-mail on Sunday, according to Reuters. "Jobs, 49, wrote in the e-mail sent from his hospital bed that he plans to return to work in September after recuperating in August. In his absence, Tim Cook, head of worldwide sales and operations, will run Apple, while Ed Catmull, Pixar's president and who already runs the company's day-to-day operations, will oversee Pixar.

"This weekend I underwent a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my pancreas," Jobs wrote in the e-mail. "I had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which represents about 1 percent of the total cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year, and can be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time (mine was)."...He added that he "will not require any chemotherapy or radiation treatments."



"Bill Campbell, an Apple board member and also chairman and former chief executive of financial software company Intuit, said in a telephone interview that based on his conversations with them, 'The doctors felt very confident that the surgery was successful and (Jobs') prognosis is excellent.'



Reuters reports that Jobs said in his email that he did not have the far more common kind of pancreatic cancer--called adenocarcinoma, it is currently not curable and usually carries a life expectancy of around one year after diagnosis.



"'I mention this because when one hears 'pancreatic cancer' (or Googles it), one immediately encounters this far more common and deadly form, which, thank God, is not what I had,' Jobs wrote."




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  1. ciphun

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Get well soon!

    Glad it all went well.

  1. dafalcon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Thank God, indeed

    Wow. I remember reading an As the Apple Turns article on the subject of Steve Job's death. Scariest thing I ever read. This headline was thankfully worded carefully enough that this did not surpass that.

  1. ericdano

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    get well

    Get well Steve. You are an inspiration and a great force in the industry.

  1. ManlyPhotoPix

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Get Well

    I am just recovering from surgery for Prostate Cancer (all gone now) and I think I know just how he feels. Good luck Steve and don't spend too long away from Cupertino. You seem to be the only one there.......we never hear about anyone else.

  1. crayz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    hmm

    Maybe the RDF is dangerously radioactive?

  1. haunebu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Best wishes

    Get well soon!

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Be Well, Steve

    I hope nothing but the best for you.

  1. Mac-a-Bayan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Get well

    We pray for you speedy recovery. There are still lots of things to be done in the industry. See you back in September Stevie.

  1. John Dwight

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Health

    God blesses you with health, Steven P. Jobs. Godspeed to your recovery.

  1. jjqueenan

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    P.S.

    Your story left out the P.S.:

    "PS: I'm sending this from my hospital bed using my 17-inch PowerBook and an Airport Express."

    Salesman even in his 'deathbed'... :D

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