Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Pancreatic Cancer Found Early
Supreme Court Justice Has Stage 1 Pancreatic Cancer; Ginsburg Out of Hospital
Feb. 13, 2009 -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released
from New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center today following her
pancreatic cancer surgery earlier this month.
Ginsburg, 75, had her spleen and part of her pancreas removed on
Feb. 5 after a routine CAT scan showed a lesion, measuring about 1
centimeter across, in the center of her pancreas.
That lesion turned out to be benign, but Ginsburg's surgeon -- Murray
Brennan, MD, FACS -- found a smaller, previously unidentified tumor which
was malignant, according to a statement released today by the Supreme
Ginsburg's pancreatic cancer was found early, in what doctors call stage I,
and it hasn't spread, the Supreme Court states.
Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President
Clinton, had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to treat colorectal cancer in