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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:35 PM
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Steve Jobs takes medical leave again
Pancreatic cancer is the worst cancer on earth. Not even a transplant will save you.

Good luck Steve - this isn't looking good.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:42 PM
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1. This is sad. I think he's in for a rough road, what a shame. n/t
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:43 PM
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2. Very sad. My Dad only lived three weeks after his diagnosis
of pancreatic cancer.....it is the worst cancer on earth. Good luck to Steve. He has hung in there for quite a while.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:47 PM
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12. Money helps but not for too long
Very sad indeed
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:46 PM
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3. That's bad news, sorry to hear it
I'll hold a good thought for Steve.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 02:56 PM
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4. Is this the diagnosis - pancreatic cancer?
Edited on Mon Jan-17-11 02:56 PM by Old and In the Way
Very bleak if that's the case. Hope it's something less dismal - it's pretty much terminal if that's what it is.
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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:11 PM
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5. he also had a "secret" liver transplant
That was 2 years ago.

In any event, this is not good. :(

:kick:

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:46 PM
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11. Well to be honest he has already outlived most
pancreatic cancer patients.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703396604576087690312543086.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_technology
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Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs said he is taking another medical leave, marking the latest health struggle for the head of the world's most valuable technology company and raising uncertainty over Apple's future direction.

In a Monday morning email to Apple employees, which the Cupertino, Calif., company released publicly, Mr. Jobs wrote the board of directors "has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health."


Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs told employees in an email Monday that he will be taking a medical leave of absence but will remain CEO. WSJ's Marcelo Prince talks to Lauren Goode about what it means for the company and its shareholders.

The 55-year-old pancreatic cancer survivor, who received a liver transplant in 2009, didn't specify what health issue was causing him to take the leave.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703396604576087690312543086.html#ixzz1BKN6bYBj
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:13 PM
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6. oh dear
My mother was gone in 60 days from diagnosis. Sad, very sad.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:40 PM
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10. It really is horrible
I wish him all the best
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:16 PM
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7. Fuck - well wishes to him and his loved ones
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jimlup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:24 PM
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8. Return of medical problems is never a good sign
I hope that things are not as bad as we might guess.

I also hope that the Apple legacy will live on regardless of Mr. Jobs health.
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:26 PM
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9. So now who's going to be in charge of the company...
that mass produces cheap crap, made in third world countries, that no one needs?
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:47 PM
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13. I wish him well. Pancreatic cancer is the pits. It took two of our DUers, eggbeater
and Andy the voting rights crusader too. :-(
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 04:10 PM
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14. The original instance was a rare, treatable form of cancer
If he's lucky, maybe this recurrence will be the same. He'll have a chance, if he doesn't delay treatment for months to pursue alt medicine again.
During a routine abdominal scan, doctors had discovered a tumor growing in his pancreas. While a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is often tantamount to a swiftly executed death sentence, a biopsy revealed that Jobs had a rare - and treatable - form of the disease. If the tumor were surgically removed, Jobs' prognosis would be promising: The vast majority of those who underwent the operation survived at least ten years.

Yet to the horror of the tiny circle of intimates in whom he'd confided, Jobs was considering not having the surgery at all. A Buddhist and vegetarian, the Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) CEO was skeptical of mainstream medicine. Jobs decided to employ alternative methods to treat his pancreatic cancer, hoping to avoid the operation through a special diet - a course of action that hasn't been disclosed until now.

For nine months Jobs pursued this approach, as Apple's board of directors and executive team secretly agonized over the situation - and whether the company needed to disclose anything about its CEO's health to investors. Jobs, after all, was widely viewed as Apple's irreplaceable leader, personally responsible for everything from the creation of the iPod to the selection of the chef in the company cafeteria. News of his illness, especially with an uncertain outcome, would surely send the company's stock reeling. The board decided to say nothing, after seeking advice on its obligations from two outside lawyers, who agreed it could remain silent...

http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/02/news/companies/elkind_jobs.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2008030419
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 04:15 PM
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15. Fascinating link
Thanks
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