Apple’s latest development may just be its most surprising yet – longtime CEO Steve Jobs was photographed outside the Stanford Cancer Center recently, the same treatment facility where the late Patrick Swayze sought chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer in his final days.
Jobs, who publicly came forward about his battle with and surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, is currently on his third leave of absence from work in seven years.
In the photos, an extremely “skeletal-looking” Jobs can be seen getting out of his car at the center, just one day after he was spotted at work on Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus.
The CEO, 55, has been regularly attending the Palo Alto, Calif. cancer treatment center, RadarOnline.com confirmed.
Jobs announced his medical leave in January in an email to employees, explaining that “the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health.
“I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company,” the tech mogul added.
Jobs’ previous six-month departure from the company in 2009 was surrounded by speculation that the CEO was much more ill than he let on.
Jerry York, the Apple director at the time, told Fortune that Jobs made a secret flight to Switzerland at the time, where he reportedly underwent a rare radiological treatment for neuroendocrine cancer.
The Wall Street Journal also unearthed details in June of that year that pointed to Jobs obtaining a secret liver transplant, reportedly conducted in Memphis, Tennessee, related to his cancer.
York died in March 2010, and the details of his Fortune interview, revealed after his death, seemed to paint a more drastic picture of Jobs’ health.
The blogosphere lit up with concerns and speculations over Jobs’ state of health Wednesday following RadarOnline’s post.
The National Enquirer, which claims to be running the latest photos of Jobs, spoke with critical-care physician Dr. Samuel Jacobson, who said Jobs’ prognosis does not look promising.
“Judging from the photos, he is close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks,” Jacobson said.