After reading this thread I felt compelled to respond. There is a lack of maturity and foresight in the many of the posts contained above. This achieves nothing. However some responders have made very valid contributions:
Originally Posted by agrothey
As a GI medical oncologist, I can assure you that a liver transplantation is one of the options to treat a metastatic neuroendocrine cancer of the pancreas. What most people do not realize is that SJ did NOT suffer from a "normal" pancreatic cancer, but from a rare tumor called "islet cell cancer", which is associated with a much better prognosis than pancreatic cancer. These tumors unfortunately commonly metastasize (seed) into the liver - but a liver transplant can cure patients.
Thank you for this contribution it makes a lot of sense
Originally Posted by agrothey
The WSJ story is perfectly plausible and explains some of the issues I was wondering about, e.g. the predefined set time frame of SJ's return to work.
Very valid. It could also point out that all parties involved, SJ, the Board, Medical personal etc... were all confident in the procedure that was to follow and the time frame required. The only question I have is how did they know that a suitable organ (unless a portion of organ was going to be used) would be found within the time frame. This therefore would suggest that transplant was only an option under consideration in January when SJ took medical leave.
Originally Posted by SDW2001
I have no idea, but I wonder if the liver transplant was not due to the cancer spreading. Perhaps it was another issue...a reaction to treatment or wholly separate?
Secondly, I think Apple is full of shit. If he had a liver transplant and Apple didn't say anything, that's not right. Your CEO, who is described as a "luminary" my major pubs, has a liver transplant and you don't say anything? WTF? The fact is that Steve is wrong...his health is not a private matter. It's quite public because he is the CEO of a publicly traded corporation that depends on him...morseo than probably any other corporation on Earth.
Last...I wish him well. Let's hope he's got many years left.
This post illustrates some level of passion, even though I don't agree with some of what is stated. SJ was not the CEO of apple at the time of the transplant and therefore was not obliged to reveal anything of his health. He had stepped down for medical reasons, so he told the share holders that he was unable to continue as CEO for the moment and needed to see to his health. The share holders were not in the dark, they knew that SJ was ill, they only didn't know the extent of the illness which frankly was none of their business.
Originally Posted by agrothey
OK - here is more. I want to caution everyone, though, that I have at no time been involved in SJ's care and that I only gather information from what everyone else is reading - with my background as a medical oncologist who is actually treating patients with islet cell cancers like SJ.
Apple routinely mentioned an "hormonal imbalance" as reason for SJ's weight loss. Now, islet cell cancers can produce certain hormones (such as glucagon, somatostatin, vasoactive-intestinal peptide (VIP) etc) which can interfere with a normal gastrointestinal function and the way a body utilizes nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat). When an islet cell cancer recurs and produces liver metastases, these hormonal effects can lead to significant and rapid weight loss. Thus, it could well be that Apple's statements were somewhat true. Right now it does appear that SJ's tumor had spread to his liver, which is commonly the ONLY site of spread within a body. That's why it can makes sense to replace the liver in certain cases - and I am sure he will have been carefully evaluated for this.
For now we should wish him well and hope that he will be recovering fast. Again, the liver transplantation can offer a chance of cure in this situation - and that's I guess most important.
Just to emphasis, the shareholders had a lot more knowledge of SJ's potential illness, the board had ensured that the shareholders had a level of knowledge that was somewhat accurate. SJ and the board was relatively confident that the condition could be rectified with the proper medical attention hence, took the necessary steps.
Originally Posted by Kibitzer
Aside from Steve Jobs's medical issues, it's pretty clear from the keynote presentation at the WWDC 2009 that Jobs has firmly installed a unique product development and marketing culture at all levels within Apple. No matter how actively Jobs resumes his management role, his legacy has been established. The management and troops continually outstrip the competition and even lead the marketplace with innovations that actually anticipate customer wants and needs. This six-month hiatus of sorts has been a great testing period. Snow Leopard, the 3G S, iPhone software v. 3, and the freshened notebook line all demonstrate that Apple's powerful momentum continues unabated. Apple customers, employees and investors have Steve Jobs to thank for it.
This is a very valid post. Steve is not prepared to let what happened in the past happen again, so he ensured that he nurtured the culture, ensured that visionaries have been brought into the company and that Apples success in the future is guaranteed. If we look back through time, Apples darkest days was when Steve was forced out of Apple by the then board (hope I am accurate on that). Steve was eventually bought back in through the acquisition of NeXT, eventually becoming the CEO (a role that he didn't initially want). Nonetheless he did what was required of him and developed a very strong executive team
Originally Posted by shadow
Unfortunately, the information is likely true.
What bothers me is the timing. We had several bursts of media activity on SJ health already. Most of them turned out to be correct, but the timing suspiciously coincides with other [positive] Apple related news. Spreading FUD regarding SJ health either steals the spotlight from remarkable Apple new products/product launches or impressive financial results.
I might be paranoid but this does not mean my conspiracy theory is entirely wrong.
Really hope SJ will recover and stay with Apple for years to come.
I think the timing in this case was controlled by Apple. They knew that the information had to become public so they picked a time when Apple was receiving very favorable media attention with the introduction of the new iPhone. What better time to leak the news that SJ would be returning to work on schedule after seeing to his medical condition and having a liver transplant.
In the past the media activity surrounding SJs health was pure speculation, and only coincided with other Apple news (WWDC 2008, iPod launch 2008) because SJ made the announcements appearing very under weight himself. This caused a media frenzy and speculation on the part of the media which over shadowed the announcements. What differs in this case is that the focus has been on the products which have gained the desired traction and if reports can be believed, surpassed previous years sales. None of the focus or speculation has been on SJ.
Maybe the timing is ideal, and maybe SJ is back in the office this coming week. Maybe as Steve might state himself the reports are greatly exaggerated (Apple special event September 2008 The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated)
Originally Posted by TBell
BS. The CEO of a public company works at the pleasure of the Board not the public shareholders. If the Board is satisfied that the CEO is performing his or her duties properly, that is all that is needed. Of course, if unhappy shareholders own enough shares they can get the Board members replaced.
Apple shareholders like Jobs. He has made them a lot of money. I doubt any long time holder of Apple stock is clamoring for Jobs to leave anytime before he is ready to leave. I know I am not. The company is being run well, Jobs gets a dollar a year, and he has already earned the shares he received [Jobs owns shares outright, not options].
Originally Posted by MacTel
Steve has set up a great executive team as his legacy. He can certainly walk away from Apple knowing that it is in good hands. I would like him back as much as anyone but I believe that may be asking for too much.
I'm sure he won't be back this month having a liver transplant two months ago. The recovery is much longer than that.
All the best and a quick recovery Steve!
If the information is true (I question the lack of a source, but the WSJ must be confident in it) and if Steve has had a liver transplant, then the return of SJ to the work maybe asking too much. However, the time frame for Steves absence was clearly defined, it was clearly stated that "hormonal imbalance" was the reason for SJ's weight loss and as agrothey pointed out above, a transplant given SJs previous medical issues would have been one of the possible remedies. Considering this facts then the timeframe would have been pre-calculated (assuming all went well and there was no complications) and therefore Steves return maybe on schedule.
We must also consider that number of Steves friends/colleagues has indicated that they have spoken to him in recent weeks and that he was sounding very energetic. At this poin one can only assume that these individuals had knowledge of Steves condition and were confident that he would be back soon.
Also it was reported in previous weeks that SJ was on campus at Cupertino (well at lease his car was parked in SJs reserved parking space). This when coupled with the other indicators may suggest that SJ is preparing for his return to the office as defined.
However, maybe the leak late Friday was to prepare us for a possibility that Steve will not be back as soon as anticipated due to the seriousness of his operation. This coupled with an article (not sure where) that indicated that Apple might hold SJs return back until a future product launch. The possibility also exists that he may not resume his duties as CEO, but could take on a new yet to be defined role. What is certain is that Steve will know when it is time to step down as CEO.
We can continue to speculate here, either way, we know that Steve is on the road to recovery and will be back on campus in the not to distant future.
To all the immature, pointless and uneducated posters who have contributed above, grow up!
SJ has given his heart and sole to Apple for many years and will continue to so long into the future. He has brought together an executive team that he trusts and is more than capable to continue to grow the company that he founded. They along with him have created a product roadmap into the future that will forge forward. Rumors have it that a new product is nearing completion. A device that uses a 10 display, maybe something that has evolved from a historical figure that featured in Apples original logo! Time will tell.
The future is bright, will be evolutionary, will be innovative and will be influenced by SJs Apple
Finally, Steve thank you for Apple, thank you for sharing your visions and we look forward to seeing the future you envisage.
Take care and ignore the speculators, me included.