Steve Jobs regretted not having cancer surgery sooner, Isaacson says

Dylan Stableford

"I asked him 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. 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."

-- Walter Isaacson, author of the upcoming Steve Jobs biography, on why the late Apple chief's initially refused to have surgery for pancreatic cancer. In an interview with "60 Minutes" scheduled to air this Sunday, Isaacson says that Jobs regretted the decision to put off the surgery, which he underwent nine months after his physicians recommended the procedure. The author also reveals that Jobs continued secretly receiving cancer treatments "even though he was telling everyone he was cured."

Isaacson, who conducted 40 interviews with Jobs before his death, will also allow CBS to air some audio from his recordings on Sunday.

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