Ginsburg Has Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer
By ADAM LIPTAK - The NY Times
Published: February 5, 2009
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 courtís 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,
According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest five-year survival rates, at about 5 percent overall for all stages.