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Steve Jobs' cancer a secret for nine months

updated 12:30 pm EST, Wed March 5, 2008

Steve kept cancer a secret

Steve Jobs reportedly held on to the news about his pancreatic cancer for approximately nine months, before having corrective surgery and announcing the news to the world. According to CNN Money, Jobs attempted to solve the issue by maintaining a special diet, hoping to avoid surgery altogether. The news weighed heavily on Apple's board, which remained quiet at the advice of its lawyers.

Even after the tumor was removed, both Apple and Jobs remained quiet on details regarding how long he had been sick, or that he put off surgery based on his personal beliefs. When jobs had finally come forth with the surgery and sickness, Apple's stock only dropped by 2.4-percent. The stock might have suffered more, had everyone been aware of Jobs' condition, since he is largely viewed as irreplaceable.

" We all really care about Steve, and it was a serious risk for the company as well. It was a very emotional and very difficult time. This was one page in the adventure," said an anonymous source that was close to the situation.

by MacNN Staff





  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wasn't this like 4 years ago? Is this really news, Jobs keeping a secret? Isn't it like saying "The Record labels today announced a new plan to lose money and piss off music lovers".

  1. dom2cool

    Joined: Dec 1969



    lol at the music label bit that made me laugh.

    jobs is one of the great people in business that loves what they do and loves their fanbase more. i was never an apple fan 3 years ago but i brought an g5 imac for some music creation and since then i have had 4 macs. 2 notebooks and 2 imacs and i love them.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    this is "oldish" news -- however, Pancreatic cancer, even when treated early, is almost always a no-win situation. The sad fact remains, that Steve will probably not win this particular battle.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wow - testudo...

    you actually made sense today - good job!

    Positive reinforcement - that's what it's all about!

    I have to agree - why the h*** is this news - yes - finally MacNN it's Apple related but - you guys must either have a really slow news day or are playing catch up on really really old news_

    Which is it?

  1. jogdish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pancreatic Cancer

    Robttwo, If Steve Jobs had the malignant form of pancreatic cancer he would already be dead. It is rare that anyone survives a year, let alone 4 years.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Honestly, who cares. This happened ages ago, so i don't see why its being plastered up on Macnn now (apart from scraping the barrel for "news" perhaps) Cancer is pretty serious S*** for anyone to deal with. And is no ones business but his own, his family and his close work partners. The important thing is, he's well now :)

  1. fritzw1957

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: slow news day...

    Just FEI (for everyone's info)...

    islet cell neuroendocrine tumor

    Just FEI (for everyone's info)...

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: omg!!!

    ""The Record labels today announced a new plan to lose money and piss off music lovers"

    This wouldn't be news either...but good one!

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Wasn't this like 4 years ago? Is this really news, Jobs keeping a secret? Isn't it like saying "The Record labels today announced a new plan to lose money and piss off music lovers"."

    There's just a tad bit of difference between Jobs keeping a secret about the next computer configuration and his personal health. Just a small difference between life threatening cancer and the music labels pissing people off.

    Stunning that the comparison was even made.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Jobs had the extremely rare form of pancreatic cancer which can be cured with surgery. Lucky guy and lucky us, too.

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