Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Steve Jobs officially announced he had been diagnosed with a rare but treatable form of pancreatic cancer in 2004. This tumor was discovered during a routine check-up in October 2003, after nine months of alternative treatments he had surgery to remove the tumor.

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

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