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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has throat cancer but will stay at helm

Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., told employees and shareholders in a memo that he's beginning treatment for throat cancer and will continue to run the company "as normal."

"The good news is that the prognosis from my doctors is excellent, the cancer was caught quickly and my condition is curable," Dimon said, according to a statement yesterday from the company.

"The cancer is confined to the original site and the adjacent lymph nodes on the right side of my neck.

"Importantly, there is no evidence of cancer elsewhere in my body."

Dimon, 58, has led New York-based JPMorgan since the end of 2005, making him the longest-tenured CEO among the six largest U.S. banks. He steered the lender through the financial crisis without posting a quarterly loss and acquired Bear Stearns Cos. and Washington Mutual Inc.'s banking operations as those firms collapsed.

Dimon will soon begin radiation and chemotherapy treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in Manhattan, he said in the statement. The treatment should take about eight weeks, he said.

"While the treatment will curtail my travel during this period, I have been advised that I will be able to continue to be actively involved in our business, and we will continue to run the company as normal," he wrote. "Our board has been fully briefed and is totally supportive."

The stock slipped 0.8 percent to $57.10 in after-hours trading in New York.

About 27,000 cases of throat cancer are diagnosed annually, with an estimated 6,100 deaths each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Since Dimon became CEO, JPMorgan has emerged as the largest U.S. bank with a stock that's climbed 45 percent during his tenure. After sailing through the 2008 financial crisis, he overcame street protests, congressional hearings on the bank's derivatives bets and an investor campaign to split his dual roles as chief executive and chairman.

The bank posted its first quarterly loss under his leadership last year as it agreed to pay $23 billion in penalties and settlements in 2013. Full-year net income fell 16 percent to $17.9 billion. Analysts expect the firm to rebound to $21 billion of earnings this year.

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