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Rumor: Jobs in treatment at Palo Alto cancer center

updated 09:10 pm EST, Wed February 16, 2011

Apple CEO seen at clinic, tabloid paper reports

The National Enquirer is preparing to publish photos next week that show Apple CEO Steve Jobs outside the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, celebrity gossip site RadarOnline reports. The photos are said to have taken just a day after Jobs was spotted working on the Cupertino campus of Apple, shortly after announcing his latest medical leave, the tabloid alleges.

Complications and even recurrence are not uncommon among patients who have suffered pancreatic cancer, but despite Jobs' health being a frequent topic of concern in the media, he has actually done remarkably well for someone with such a life-threatening condition. Jobs underwent a surgery called a "Whipple procedure" to remove the pancreatic tumor in 2004, and took a six-month leave of absence in 2009 to address a "hormone imbalance" that eventually required a liver transplant, which he had in April 2009. Only about five percent of pancreatic cancer patients survive longer than five years after diagnosis; Jobs is approaching the seventh anniversary of the discovery of his islet-cell neuroendocrine tumor, a very rare form of the cancer.

The Stanford Cancer Center was, by coincidence, the same facility that treated actor Patrick Swayze for his pancreatic cancer before his death in 2009. If Jobs' pancreatic cancer has returned, it may be necessary to remove the remainder of his pancreas; severe diabetes is a common after-effect of pancreatic surgery.

Whether this latest medical leave is related to the former cancer, the liver transplant or some new issue is unknown. By all accounts, Jobs is still actively involved in strategic decisions within the company, issuing a press release yesterday to promote the formal announcement of iTunes subscriptions. Apple COO Tim Cook is, as he has before, running the day-to-day operations of the company. Jobs' latest medical leave is open-ended, unlike his previous one -- prompting speculation that he might not return to the role of CEO. So far, however, there is no indication that Jobs is thinking of retiring or leaving Apple.




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  1. facebook_Kevin

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    Please don't die Jobs.

    I don't want beige Macs again. Or iPhones with hardware keyboards. :

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Steve, get well...

    http://www.burzynskimovie.com/

    http://www.theDCAsite.com/

  1. facebook_Justin

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    I'd rather have a Job then a Cook or a Shilling. I will pray for you Steve.

  1. B9bot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    National Enquirer equals Consumer Reports in credi

    National Enquirer equals Consumer Reports in credibility.
    National Enquirer also says alien space babies have solar system naturally tattooed on there back.

    There credibility to report REAL news is -100 and pictures can be faked!

  1. umop apisdn

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +17

    oncologist visit does not equal imminent death

    in all seriousness: my dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma a little over 3 years ago. he quickly started treatments and around a year ago he was declared to be in "complete remission." (that's as good as you can get because they won't actually say the word "cure" in oncology.)

    he _still_ still sees his oncologist regularly. he has tests regularly to ensure he remains in remission. he _still_ has a maintenance dose of chemo every couple months or so.

    so, just because his steveness was sighted at a cancer treatment center doesn't mean he's at deaths door.

    nyah.

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Hang On There, Steve!

    (really)

    What will Apple be without you?

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Get well soon Steve


    Flaming won't be as fun without you.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Nice Place

    I (unfortunately) had reason to visit that exact cancer center recently, and it's a little weird to think that Steve Jobs would be using the same services as my dad. Then again, I suppose they are some of the best in the world, and close to home for him.

    Either way, even if he was there doesn't necessarily mean his cancer is back, as said. I certainly hope that's not the case.

  1. makemineamac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    He's meeting with the President tomorrow isn't he?

    Along with Eric Schmidt.

    Steve is going to discuss how technology can make life better, and Eric, ahem, is going to discuss the importance, and indeed the benefits, of intellectual property theft., But not when Steve is in the room, because he doesn't want anyone else to know what he's up to. Until later. ;)

    I highly doubt he would be having a meeting with the President if he was that sick. The National Enquirer is brutal for publishing this kind of stuff, but it's no surprise there....

    To me he looks exactly the same way he has looked for a few years.

    Wishing Steve all the best, and another 20 years of so of creating great products, before he retires and sails off into the sunset, or decides to do something else that no doubt will be really great!

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  1. facebook_Michael

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    -18

    Severe diabetes?

    Um, having diabetes is like being pregnant.

    You either got it or you don't. There are no "levels".

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