NY Times: Apple’s Steve Jobs ‘cancer free,’ had surgical procedure this year to address weight loss

“Rumors of Steven P. Jobs’s ill health have been greatly exaggerated,” John Markoff reports for The New York Times.

“That is what Mr. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, has been telling a number of his associates, even as concerns about his health have weighed on the company’s stock price,” Markoff reports.

“The latest flurry of talk was set off on Monday when, in a conference call after the release of Apple’s earnings, a company executive responded to a question about Mr. Jobs’s condition by saying that it was ‘a private matter,'” Markoff reports. “But in recent weeks, Mr. Jobs has reassured several people that he is doing well and that four years after a successful operation to treat a rare form of pancreatic cancer, he is cancer free.”

“People who are close to Mr. Jobs say that he had a surgical procedure this year to address a problem that was contributing to a loss of weight,” Markoff reports. “These people declined to be identified because Mr. Jobs had not authorized them to speak about his health.”

“Mr. Jobs has told several associates, as well as some members of Apple’s board, that he is dealing with nutritional problems in the wake of his cancer surgery. Medical descriptions of the surgery state that in some cases it leads to weight loss and low energy,” Markoff reports.

“The company has said that it has formulated a succession strategy in case Mr. Jobs left the company, but that it was confidential,” Markoff reports. “Mr. Jobs, who is keeping his own counsel on the succession issue, is on vacation this week and did not return phone calls.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “dzoolander” for the heads up.]


  1. Regardless of all the idiots who weigh in on this.

    The truth is that Jobs is a business genius.
    Yes, even geniuses make mistakes… but it’s undeniably true
    that he is one of the more remarkable people this nation has produced.

    We should all wish him good health in his body, heart and mind.

  2. 1. It’s nothing, just a common bug.
    3. Mr, Jobs is receiving antibiotics.
    2. Mr. Jobs is naturally gaunt.
    3. Surgery was required, that’s all I can say.
    4. Mr. Jobs is currently on “vacation”.
    5. Mr. Jobs is unable to take iPhone calls right now.

    Were the antibiotics ordered for prophylaxis or treatment, and which medication were ordered?

    If Jobs’ health is so robust, why would Apple even mention the existence of plans for succession to the throne?

  3. 1. Stop lying. You made most of the statements above up.

    2. Read up on the Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act (HIPAA). This federal law guarantees the right of privacy to anyone about their medical condition, including yours. And Steve Jobs. In short, it’s none of your business.

    3. Steve Jobs had surgery in the past, and as reported, got better. As such, his medical condition (see #2 above) is not material and thus, no information had to be disclosed to stockholders, analysts, the media or the public.

    4. Actually read the article above. Every word of it. It contradicts what you assert. And by the way, please stop being so arrogant. Truth be told, you want to see Steve Jobs dead. Admit it. Unlike you, Steve Jobs will have a brilliant legacy. You will eventually die a loser. Because that is what you are.

  4. “If Jobs’ health is so robust, why would Apple even mention the existence of plans for succession to the throne?”

    Because the media and fanboys will not STFU about it and keep bringing it up at every turn. If they said NOTHING you’d be complaining about that too.

  5. Let us not forget that Steve Jobs himself spilled the beans of his cancer. Apple has had to deal with this revelation ever since.
    Of course, Apple probably recognized that preventing disclosure of Steve’s illness indefinitely was impossible, that the truth of Jobs’ health status would eventually emerge, and that concealing Jobs’ illness would be later interpreted as protecting Apple’s interests at the cost of public trust. All this speculation over Jobs’ health was inevitable whether Steve announced his illness or not. It was only a matter of time and the time has come for honest and open discourse.

  6. I may be wrong, but as a journalist, if you have a story, or think you have a story, wouldn’t it be reasonable to expect that you would do some research, check with the relevant people and try and get the truth before publishing? Even if you can’t 100% confirm something with physical evidence straight from the horses mouth, then you would think you would have enough data to reasonably back up your assertations? It might just be me, perhaps journalism just involves typing any old shit idea/rumour that comes across your desk as fact, followed by your own wild speculation, regardless of the actual situation

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