Steve released this memo to Apple employees:
"I have some personal news that I need to share with you, and I wanted you to hear it directly from me. 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). I will not require any chemotherapy or radiation treatments."
Bloomberg accidentally published Jobs’ obituary in 2008 bringing out a little humor from Steve. At Apple’s September event a slide that read, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" got the crowd chuckling
After a successful surgery, Jobs started looking more unhealthy. Jobs cited a hormone imbalance as the cause of his appearance. Jobs stated: “During the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought." He then took a 5 month leave of absence.
Early in 2011, Jobs again took a medical leave of absence, putting COO Tim Cook in charge of day-to-day operations of the company.
In August, Steve Jobs officially stepped down as CEO of Apple shifting focus to Chairman of the Board. Steve's resignation letter:
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Wired | Gadget Lab