U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Ginsburg treated for malignant tumor on pancreas

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ABA Journal file photo by Sam Kittner.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been treated for a malignant tumor on her pancreas. There is no evidence the cancer has spread, according to a statement on the U.S. Supreme Court website. She needs no further treatment at this time. The Washington Post and Politico reported the news.

The abnormality was first detected after a routine blood test in early July. A July 31 biopsy confirmed the malignant tumor.

Ginsburg received a three-week course of focused radiation therapy on an outpatient basis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She also received a bile duct stent as part of her treatment.

The treatment began on Aug. 5 and was completed Friday.

Ginsburg tolerated the treatment well, according to the statement. Ginsburg canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe but otherwise maintained an active schedule.

Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans.

Ginsburg had surgery for lung cancer in December.

She had prior bouts with colon and pancreatic cancer and had heart stent surgery in 2014 to open a blockage in a coronary artery.

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