Why Steve Jobs Delayed Cancer Surgery

| by Michael Allen

In an interview to air on '60 Minutes' this Sunday, Steve Jobs'  biographer Walter Isaacson says that the Apple CEO delayed cancer surgery because he didn't want to undergo such an invasive procedure. He eventually did get the operation, but only after nine months of his wife and others urging him to do so.

"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,'" Isaacson said.

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

Isaacson also said that Jobs believed there was about a 50/50 chance that God exists and considered the question more after his cancer diagnosis. Jobs was also disgusted when some Apple employees turned into "bizarro people" when Apple stock made them rich. He vowed not to let wealth change him.