Apple CEO Jobs Has Cancer Surgery Sunday August 1, 8:39 pm ET By Duncan Martell SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Computer Inc. (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) Chief Executive Steve Jobs has had successful surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, the company's co-founder told employees in a company-wide e-mail on Sunday that was made available to Reuters. Jobs, 49, wrote in the e-mail sent from his hospital bed that he plans to return to work in September after recuperating in August. In his absence, Tim Cook, head of worldwide sales and operations, will run the Cupertino, California-based company, maker of the Macintosh computer and popular iPod portable digital music player. "This weekend I underwent a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my pancreas," Jobs wrote in the e-mail. "I had a very rare form of pancreatic cancer called an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which represents about 1 percent of the total cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year, and can be cured by surgical removal if diagnosed in time (mine was)." He added that he "will not require any chemotherapy or radiation treatments." Bill Campbell, an Apple board member and also chairman and former chief executive of financial software company Intuit Corp. (NasdaqNM:INTU - News), said in a telephone interview that based on his conversations with them, "The doctors felt very confident that the surgery was successful and (Jobs') prognosis is excellent." COOK HAS BOARD'S FULL CONFIDENCE Campbell said that Cook has the board's full confidence. "With Tim, we're confident that company will really run very well," Campbell said. Cook, in the same telephone interview, declined to comment on when Jobs' cancer was diagnosed or where he was being treated. Jobs is also chairman and chief executive of animated film studio Pixar (NasdaqNM:PIXR - News), which made such blockbusters as "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story." An Apple spokeswoman said that Ed Catmull, Pixar's president and who already runs the company's day-to-day operations, will oversee the Emeryville, California-based company until Jobs' return. Jobs wrote that the far more common kind of pancreatic cancer, which he did not have, "is called adenocarcinoma, which is currently not curable and usually carries a life expectancy of around one year after diagnosis." "I mention this because when one hears 'pancreatic cancer' (or Googles it), one immediately encounters this far more common and deadly form, which, thank God, is not what I had," Jobs wrote. The charismatic Jobs, who returned in 1997 to the company he founded after being ousted years before, has been credited by analysts and investors for reviving its fortunes, turning out a spate of successful products such as the two versions of the iMac computer and the iPod. After Jobs returned to the company, he slashed the number of product lines and pushed Apple to focus again on innovative industrial design and tight integration of its hardware and software. Jobs noted that he had sent his e-mail using his 17-inch Apple PowerBook notebook computer, writing that "I'm sure I'll be calling some of you way too much in August, and I look forward to seeing you in September." "My guess is I'll be hearing a lot from him beginning tomorrow," Cook said of Jobs.