American Cancer Society Supports Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Below is a statement from Otis W. Brawley, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society on the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to treat pancreatic cancer.

"Justice Ginsburg's success in beating back a diagnosis of colon cancer nearly ten years ago has inspired and given hope to many in the cancer fight. This new diagnosis is unfortunate, and we take hope in reports that this was apparently an early stage of disease, and wish her well, offer our support and prayers, and want to encourage her in what we know is going to be a challenging course of therapy."

Otis W. Brawley, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
American Cancer Society

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NYTimes reports that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was treated for colon cancer in 1999 and did not miss a day on the bench..

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Thursday for what was apparently early-stage pancreatic cancer, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court.

"The surgery followed the discovery of a lesion during an annual check-up in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. A CAT scan revealed a small tumor, approximately one centimeter across, in the center of the pancreas, the court’s statement said.

"According to Dr. Murray Brennan, the attending surgeon, Justice Ginsburg will most likely remain in the hospital approximately for seven to 10 days, the statement added. A spokeswoman for Sloan-Kettering declined to elaborate."

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