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Steve Jobs Biographer Says Exec Regretted Putting Off Cancer Surgery (Video)

The Real Steve Jobs: Circa 2008
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Walter Isaacson also reveals in a new interview that the Apple co-founder secretly received cancer treatments while telling everyone he was cured.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs regretted his decision to hold off on  pancreatic cancer surgery, according to the exec's biographer, Walter Isaacson.

The former managing editor of Time says in an interview airing on 60 Minutes Sunday, "I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn’t get an operation then] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened…I didn’t want to be violated in that way.'

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"So he waited nine months, while his wife and others urged him to do it, before getting the operation."

Instead of having surgery after being diagnosed with the cancer, Jobs chose to pursue alternative therapies, which he later lamented. Isaacson says, "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…we talked about this a lot.

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"He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."

Isaacson also reveals that Jobs later secretly received cancer treatments while telling everyone he was cured.

The 60 Minutes interview airs Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.