Ginsburg Back in Court After Cancer Surgery

Docs optimistic, but senator predicts justice has 9 months to live
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 23, 2009 10:37 AM CST
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks with Sen. John McCain at the luncheon in honor of President Barack Obama's inauguration.   (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
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(Newser) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court today, 18 days after her surgery for pancreatic cancer, the AP reports. Doctors gave her an encouraging prognosis after removing a small malignant tumor, but in a speech this weekend, Sen. Jim Bunning said Ginsburg would be dead within 9 months, the Courier-Journal reports. She has “bad cancer. The kind you don’t get better from,” the Kentucky Republican said.

“Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live" after diagnosis, he said. The American Cancer Society gives people with Stage 1 pancreatic cancer a 21-37% chance of living more than 5 years.