Steve Jobs refused an early operation on his pancreatic cancer that may have saved his life, said his official biographer Walter Isaacson in an interview with CBS.
Speaking of one of the most emotional of the 40 interviews Isaacson conducted with the late Apple co-founder, Isaacson revealed that Jobs soon came to regret turning down the treatment after initially believing it would be too invasive. Speaking of the conversation, Isaacson told CBS:
“I’ve asked Steve and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened…I didn’t want to be violated in that way…I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking.”
“He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner,” Isaacson concludes.
Though Jobs claimed to be cured, Isaacson reveals that Jobs continued to recieve treatments for the cancer for the remainder of the later years of his life, continuing to play down the severity of his condition.
Click the video above to see an extract from the CBS interview.