Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

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

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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