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Ginsburg Has Radiation Treatment for Tumor

Court says no other evidence of disease was found
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2019 2:29 PM CDT
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is introduced before the keynote address for the State Bar of New Mexico's annual meeting in 2016.   (AP Photo/Craig Fritz, File)

(Newser) – Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent radiation treatment this month for a tumor on her pancreas. "The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body," a Supreme Court statement said Friday. The issue was discovered in July, NPR reports, and a biopsy "confirmed a localized malignant tumor." The three-week, outpatient radiation treatment began Aug. 5. Doctors also placed a stent in her bile duct. The court said that no further treatment is needed, but that the justice, 86, will have blood tests and scans periodically.

Ginsburg had lung surgery in December, one of her brushes with cancer over the past 20 years. That was the first time she had missed a session of the court, per the Washington Post, and she's said recently that she has no plans to retire. Her treatment this month took place at Sloan Kettering in New York. The court said Ginsburg canceled her usual vacation in Sante Fe but "otherwise maintained an active schedule." (Ginsburg pointed out last month that she's "very much alive.")

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