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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Get Chemo

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Says 'Precautionary' Chemotherapy Will Start in Late March

Medically Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on March 17, 2009
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March 17, 2009 -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced today that she will undergo chemotherapy in the wake of her recent pancreatic cancer surgery.

In a news release, Ginsburg says she is scheduled to undergo "a precautionary, post-surgery course of chemotherapy at the National Institutes of Health," starting in late March.

Ginsburg, 75, was diagnosed with stage I pancreatic cancer in February. She had successful surgery for her pancreatic cancer, which hadn't spread.

Ginsburg notes that the chemotherapy treatments aren't expected to affect her schedule at the Supreme Court, and after chemotherapy, "it is anticipated that I will only require routine examinations to assure my continuing good health," Ginsburg says.

Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton, had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to treat colorectal cancer in 1999.