Steve Jobs To Have Pancreas Removed?

January 15, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said yesterday he’s taking a five-month leave of absence after discovering that his health problems are “more complex” than he thought last week.  Jobs, 53, said he would remain CEO while taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June. Just last week, Jobs said his treatment should be “simple and straightforward.”  It turns out he could be facing surgery to remove his pancreas, doctors say.

Actually he doesn’t have a lot of his pancreas left. Jobs had a procedure, which involves removing parts of the pancreas, bile duct and small intestine, after he was diagnosed with a rare type of pancreatic cancer in 2004. A potential side effect of this procedure is that the organ may later have to be removed to prevent pancreatic leak. Afterward the patient has to be kept alive with insulin to regulate blood sugar, leaving the risk of severe diabetes.

Jobs, who co-founded Apple in 1976, returned as CEO in 1997 and has revived the Macintosh computer brand while pushing the company into new markets with the iPod media player and iPhone. Apple’s unwillingness to provide details on Jobs’s health has frustrated investors, as the company didn’t give any details about Jobs’s health even as he appeared increasingly thin in 2008, saying only it was a private matter. Jobs said last week he suffers from a “hormone imbalance” that caused weight loss. Jobs  Apple, which has plunged as much as 6.2 percent in Nasdaq trading. Today Apple, based in Cupertino, California, fell $3.75, or 4.4 percent, to $81.58 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading at 9:34 a.m. New York time, after dropping as low as $80.05. Depending on the outcome there is always the chance the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may examine whether Jobs or Apple purposely misled investors about his condition.

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