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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

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The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Video by AP

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Supreme Court Press Release
Thursday, February 5, 2009; 2:00 PM

U. S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for an apparently early-stage pancreatic cancer today, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. According to Dr. Murray Brennan, the attending surgeon, Justice Ginsburg will likely remain in the hospital approximately 7-10 days.

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Justice Ginsburg had no symptoms prior to the incidental discovery of the lesion during a routine annual check-up in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. A Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) Scan revealed a small tumor, approximately 1 cm across, in the center of the pancreas.

Justice Ginsburg is 75 years old. She was appointed to the Court in 1993 by President Clinton.


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