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Apple observers noticed that CEO Steve Jobs' health dramatically decreased in 2008. Mr. Jobs reportedly has received a liver transplant and is currently recovering, eagerly awaiting a return to Apple at the month's end.  (Source: WSJ)
Apple's CEO and cofounder hopes to put his health problems behind him

Founding one of tech industry's biggest players -- Apple -- and personally turning the company around in the late nineties was nothing compared to the challenge that Apple CEO Steve Jobs faced in 2004.  Battling a rare and deadly form of pancreatic cancer, Mr. Jobs recovered thanks to surgery and reassumed his leadership role at the company, integrally helping to conceive, develop and release hit products such as the iPhone and MacBook Air.

Last year, though, many observers took note that Mr. Jobs looked sickly at public appearances.  Sure enough, in January of this year he took medical leave, announcing he would be gone from Apple on medical leave until the end of June.  In his absence Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook took over many of the day to day duties.

Now details of Mr. Jobs' medical battle, veiled in secrecy, have at last emerged.  According to a report by the Wall Street Journal Mr. Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee two months ago.  Mr. Jobs had earlier this year had relocated from California to Tennessee, a state known for having a shorter waiting list for organ transplants.  At the time Bloomberg had reported that Mr. Jobs was applying for a liver transplant.

Apple spokespeople contacted by the WSJ to seek confirmation of the sourced reports refused to comment, merely reiterating that Apple "continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there's nothing further to say."  According to the WSJ report, COO Cook may take over additional roles to help Mr. Jobs during his recovery.

Earlier this year it was discovered that Mr. Jobs was receiving hormone therapy.  Reportedly he was unable to digest food properly and receive nutrients.  The liver is an integral part of hormone production, and also produces bile, needed for digestion.  The liver is very sensitive to toxins, and can be damaged by chemotherapy, which Mr. Jobs likely received during his cancer treatment.

Liver transplant recipients have a 58 percent chance of surviving 15 years.  Liver transplants have been performed since 1967; the liver was the second organ to be successfully transplanted, with the kidneys being the first.

Mr. Jobs is currently 54.  Apple fans are eagerly awaiting his return, as he has always pushed the company and given it a creative spark.  Apple released its latest hot offering -- the iPhone 3G S -- this Friday.  Apple also announced new MacBook Pros, detailed its new OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and revealed Quicktime X.  Speculation has already begun that the company is preparing a major refresh to its iPod lineup for the fall.


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WTF?
By zinfamous on 6/20/2009 11:45:54 PM , Rating: 2
So is it not true that cancer patients are restricted from receiving organ transplants?

This sounds....shady.




RE: WTF?
By ChristopherO on 6/22/2009 5:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
Many cancer patients are recipients because of what I said above. Organs typically don't fail by themselves unless you're really old (in which case you couldn't get a transplant anyway), but chemo and cancer can kill them off. I don't know the exact percentages, but it wouldn't surprise me if most organ recipients were the result of cancer (in some way or another). A doctor would need to comment on the rest, I suppose trauma patients are in there, those with rare chronic illnesses, etc. If you're needing an organ, you're inherently extremely unhealthy and have other problems.

They aren't going to give you an organ if you still have active cancer, but if you're in remission they'll do it since the cancer is probably the reason you need it (Jobs' case), or chemo/radiation might have destroyed it... The exception is marrow, since marrow donation is actually the only possible remedy to certain blood cancers. As a result, most people needing marrow donations have active cancer, there are also other diseases which can require marrow, but those aren't as common as leukemia or lymphoma.


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