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The Supreme Court announced Friday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was successfully treated for pancreatic cancer.
Friday’s announcement is the second time in recent months the justice disclosed a serious medical condition after she completed treatment. In both instances, her diagnosis remained closely held for several weeks.
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The last 10 months have been particularly punishing for the 86-year old progressive icon. The justice fractured three ribs in a November fall at the high court, causing her to miss Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s ceremonial investiture. One month later in December, Ginsburg and had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung. She missed the Court’s January sitting to recuperate from the procedure, but continued participating in cases.
The Supreme Court’s Public Information Office said in a Friday statement that doctors “confirmed a localized malignant tumor” on Ginsburg’s pancreas after a July 31 biopsy. Thereafter, Ginsburg completed a three-week course of outpatient radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, at which time the public was informed of the diagnosis. The Court said the tumor has been “treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”
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Ginsburg was treated for pancreatic cancer once before. Doctors surgically removed an early-stage tumor in 2009, when she was 75.
The gauntlet of health challenges did not seem to take a toll on the justice. She appeared fully engaged in oral arguments throughout the spring and has kept an active travel schedule, including an international trip...
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