Update on Justice Ginsburg

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Great news from the Supreme Court’s public information office (via SCOTUSblog):

The pancreatic cancer for which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery on February 5 has been determined as TNM Stage 1 by doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.   All lymph nodes proved negative for cancer and no metastasis was found.   In the procedure Dr. Murray Brennan, the attending pancreatic surgeon, removed the Justice’s spleen along with a portion of her pancreas.

Extraordinarily, the approximately 1 cm lesion revealed on a late January CAT scan, the discovery of which led to the February 5 surgery, proved benign.   But in searching the entire pancreas Dr. Brennan identified a previously undetected single, even smaller, tumor which upon examination was found malignant.

Justice Ginsburg was released from Memorial Sloan-Kettering today and is recuperating at home.

– David S. Cohen

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1 Response to Update on Justice Ginsburg

  1. Barbara Burke says:

    On Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the Rutgers School of Law symposium on Women Reshaping the Law. Many of the presenters spoke of Justice Ginsburg’s influence on their own commitment to advancing gender equity. As a law student, it was really inspiring to be surrounded by the brilliance of so many women in the law who have paved the way. In my Con Law II class we are reading Gonzales v. Carhart. Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in that case has reminded of just how important her voice is to The Court.
    May she be well soon.

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