Apple Computer Inc. CEO, Steve Jobs told employees in an email that he has successfully undergone cancer surgery this weekend. Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, but is reportedly doing well after surgery.
“This weekend I underwent a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my pancreas,” Jobs said in the note to staff. “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.”
Jobs explained in the email that his was not the more common form of pancreatic cancer is called adenocarcinoma, which has a life expectancy of about 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,” said Jobs.
Jobs said he would take the month of August to recuperate and will return to work in September. During his absence, Jobs has asked Tim Cook, Apple’s executive vice president Worldwide Sales and Operations, to take over Apple’s day-today operations.
In an interview with Bloomberg today Intuit Inc. Chairman and Apple Board member William Campbell said that Apple’s board is comfortable with Tim Cook and the rest of the management team if Jobs’ recovery lasts beyond the September timeframe.
“I was over there a little bit ago. He is awake, alert, energetic, his color is good. He’s animated and the doctors have communicated that Steve’s prognosis is extremely good,” said Campbell.
Sunday, August 1, 2004 10:10 pm — Added more information about the type of cancer Jobs has and comments from William Campbell.