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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 01/17/2011

Steve Jobs to take medical leave of absence

By Washington Post editor

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said Monday he is taking a medical leave of absence but will continue to serve as chief executive, Post reporter Cecilia Kang writes.

In a letter sent to employees Monday, Jobs said the board of directors granted him the leave so "I can focus on my health," but that he would be involved in "major strategic decisions for the company." Jobs is a survivor of pancreatic cancer.

Day-to-day operations would be taken over by Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, who recently represented Apple during its co-launch of the iPhone with Verizon Wireless.

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By Washington Post editor  | January 17, 2011; 10:25 AM ET
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So sad. Here are the facts. No matter what stage pancreatic cancer is found at, it is not curable. Find it late and you are dead in months. Find it early when it is "contained" within the pancreas and remove it and you will still die of it within roughly 5 years. Jobs has beaten the odds and lasted 7. The doctors who sold him a liver wasted it. Jobs is dying of metastatic pancreatic cancer. He has been dying of this disease since 2003. The real problem is the failure on the part of the public and the medical profession, especially the oncologists and transplant surgeons, to recognize that pancreatic cancer is fatal. There is no cure, not even in the "early" stage. The disease has micrometastases that disseminate long before the primary is evident. The medical profession continues to sell false hope.

Posted by: physicianexec | January 17, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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