Ruth Bader Ginsburg's cancer was found at the earliest stage and has not spread beyond her pancreas, the Supreme Court said today. The 75-year-old associate justice returned home to Washington after being released from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Doctors removed Ginsburg's spleen and a portion of her pancreas during surgery last week.
The 1-centimeter growth doctors initially spotted during a CT scan in late January turned out, upon analysis, to be benign. But a second, even smaller tumor found by her surgeon during the operation was malignant, the court said. Tests on Ginsburg's lymph nodes revealed no cancer, and doctors found no spread of it elsewhere. Ginsburg has indicated she will be at the court when the justices next hear arguments on Feb. 23.