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.