Thursday, February 5, 2009

Justice Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

NY Times: Justice Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer, Court Says,by Adam Liptak:

Justice_ginsburg Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Thursday for what was apparently early-stage pancreatic cancer, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court.

The surgery followed the discovery of a lesion during an annual checkup in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. A scan revealed a small tumor, approximately one centimeter across, in the center of the pancreas, the court’s statement said.

Dr. Murray F. Brennan, the attending surgeon, said Justice Ginsburg would most likely remain in the hospital for 7 to 10 days, the statement added. A spokeswoman for Sloan-Kettering declined to elaborate.

Justice Ginsburg was treated for colon cancer in 1999 and did not miss a day on the bench. The court next hears arguments on Feb. 23.

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