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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg is hospitalized with pancreatic cancer

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the court said.

    Ginsburg, 75, had the surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She will remain in the hospital for seven to 10 days, said her surgeon, Dr. Murray Brennan, according to a release issued by the court.

    The court announcement said the cancer is apparently in the early stages.

    In 1999, Ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer and had chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The only woman on the court, she has been a justice since 1993.

    The pancreatic cancer was discovered during a routine, annual exam late last month at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

    A CAT scan revealed a tumor measuring about 1 centimeter across the center of the pancreas, the court said.

    Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers: Nearly 38,000 cases a year are diagnosed and overall, fewer than 5 percent survive five years.

    The reason: Fewer than one in 10 cases are diagnosed at an early stage — like Ginsburg's appears to be — before the cancer has begun spreading through the abdomen and beyond. That's because early pancreatic cancer produces few symptoms other than vague indigestion.

    Even when caught early, surgery for pancreatic cancer is arduous. Doctors typically remove parts of the pancreas, stomach and intestines. Radiation and chemotherapy are common after surgery.

    Ginsburg has recently told her former law clerks and others that she envisioned serving on the court into her 80s, although those comments were made before the latest diagnosis.

    Ginsburg is one of only two female justices ever. The other is Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired in 2006.

    In her previous bout with cancer, Ginsburg received treatment throughout the court's term and never missed a day on the bench.

    The justices, in the midst of a winter break, hold their next private conference on Feb. 20 and return to the bench on Feb. 23.

    The court's announcement offered few details about the surgery. Brennan is a renowned surgeon whose expertise is treatment of pancreatic cancers and tumors on other soft tissues, like the adrenal and thyroid glands. He was chair of Memorial Sloan-Kettering's surgery department from 1985 until June 2006.

  2. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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    It is good that it was detected early. Here's wishing her the best.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Justic Ginsburg is often described as Liberal and she probably does lean that way but, I think she probably closer to center then anything. It would be a shame if she had to be replaced IMO. It's likely that she would be replaced with somebody who leans much further Left.

    I hope Justic Ginsburg makes a full recovery and is back to the bench soon.
  4. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    prayers out to her. cancer sucks.
  5. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Cancer is real *****. I lost all of my grandparents to cancer. I hope the best for her and her family. They are going go through some tough times.
  6. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Ugh. I hate to say this guys, but it doesn't look too good.

    I shadowed a doctor a year ago, and I remember him telling me that pancreatic cancer is almost impossible to fully recover from. The survival rate is VERY low for this type of cancer.

    HOWEVER, I'm hoping she makes a full recovery, and I hope she comes out of this all right.

    I agree, iceberg, cancer sucks. My dad lost his father (my grandfather) to lymphoma when my dad was only 18. My dad's mom also died due to diabetes even before that.

    And JBond, I'm sorry for your losses. It's always tough to lose a loved one.
  7. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Couldn't resist the urge to get some politics in there I see.

    Speedy recovery to the Justice, and if not, then at least a peaceful end to a fellow Brooklynite, she's had quite an accomplished life so far.
  8. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Pancreatic cancer usually doesn't end well.

    I think Steve Jobs had it and while he is still alive, hes got a whole world of other things going on now
  9. Aikbach

    Aikbach Active Member

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    Her odds aren't good, it is one of the most aggressive and least forgiving cancers.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Back attcha!

  11. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Didn't she try to change the age of consent to 12?
    Look up her rap sheet.
    There is a reason VADER is part of her name.
  12. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Here is more on her....
    -Requiring Tax Payer Funds for abortion.
    -Abolish Mother and Father's day.
    -Same Sex Prisons
    -Critizicing Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
    -Protecting Bigamy

    And refusing to answer a single question during her appointment hearing.
    She is a monster.
  13. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    It's not likely it's a definate
  14. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    I don't think you really know her.
  15. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Sorry but to describe Ginsberg as anything but a full left turn is a joke.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Regardless of her position, Center Left or Hard Left, I wish this on nobody and so I hope she makes full recovery.

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