U.S. Justice Ginsburg Treated for Pancreatic Cancer

REUTERS/Jim Young

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

The 86-year old justice tolerated the therapy well and no further treatment is required, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement.

An abnormality was first detected in July, and the tumor was identified following a biopsy performed on July 31 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

“She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule,” Arberg said.

“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the spokeswoman added.

Ginsburg, who joined the court in 1993, had two cancerous nodules in her left lung removed in December.

She missed oral arguments in January for the first time in her lengthy career on the court, fueling speculation about her ability to continue in the job. As the oldest justice, she is closely watched for any signs of deteriorating health.

Ginsburg, appointed in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton, broke three ribs in a fall in November. The nodules on her lung were found as part of the tests the justice underwent after that fall.

Ginsburg was previously treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.

If Ginsburg, one of the nine-member court’s four liberal justices, were unable to continue serving, Republican President Donald Trump could replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right. Trump has added two justices since becoming president in January 2017, cementing its 5-4 conservative majority.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Andrew Chung; editing by Richard Chang and Jonathan Oatis)

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James
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>Don Snyder<

Same could be said for Mr. Gaffe-a-Minute Biden. He's been dead for years and too stupid to fall over.

General Confusion
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“I would hate to read one day that she died in the middle of an important court case, leaving the court in a stalemate situation” MariaRose

Are you trying to confuse us? Your comment is just DRIPPING with disingenuousness.

MariaRose Randazzo
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She may love serving the law as a member of the Supreme Court, but she also needs to acknowledge that her physical state is very fragile. I know she lives every day in the best productive way she can, but I would hate to read one day that she died in the middle of an important court case, leaving the court in a stalemate situation. We don’t need empty spaces on the Supreme Court no matter what President chooses the new judge. May she stay healthy.

James
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>Screwtape<

RE: organ donations to RBG. Remember a year or so ago when some Hollyweed crazy offered to donate her heart to RBG? That showed me the IQ level of some Socialists "actors/actresses" who we drool over on the tube. Should make some of us very pleased we don't have a television set.

And I haven't been to a movie theater in more than 60 years and no plans to go during the next 60.

Cherl
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Justice Ginsburg is certainly a strong woman dedicated to what has been a long career dedicated to the law of the land. No doubt every liberal has given her the don’t give up yet speech.

Don Snyder
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I believe she died a few years ago and just no one told her.

Morte206
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I’m certain the Twatter-verse is already overflowing with people offering their organs for transplant.

Screwtape
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While I applaud Justice Ginsburg’s love of what she does, though there’s definitely a political component, circumstances may force her to exchange her robes for a burial shroud.

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