Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave

No word if it's related to '09 liver transplant

By Jessica Mintz

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 17 2011 8:18 p.m. MST

The company waited until after Jobs underwent surgery in 2004 to treat a very rare form of pancreatic cancer — an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor — before alerting investors. That type of cancer can be cured if diagnosed early, unlike the deadlier and more common adenocarcinoma.

By 2008, Jobs had lost a noticeable amount of weight, but Apple attributed his gaunt appearance to a "common bug." In January 2009, Jobs issued a statement saying the weight loss was caused by a hormone imbalance, and that the treatment was simple. He backtracked less than two weeks later, however, announcing a six-month medical leave. During that time, he received a liver transplant that came to light two months after it was performed.

"I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can," Jobs wrote in Monday's note to employees. "In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy."

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