Justice Ruth Ginsburg completes treatment for tumour on pancreas

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone radiation treatment for a malignant tumor that was discovered on her pancreas, the Supreme Court said.

According to a statement released by the Supreme Court on Friday, Ginsburg was treated for a tumor, and treatment results show that "there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body".

Ginsburg, 86, began radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on August 5th, according to the court.

The Supreme Court said in a statement Friday that a routine blood test led to the detection of Ginsburg's tumor.

A bile duct stent was placed as part of her treatment. The three-week, outpatient radiation treatment began August 5.

Ginsburg's health has always been an issue.

She was treated for colon cancer in 1999, and a decade later, pancreatic cancer that was caught at an early stage. The statement added: "No further treatment is needed at this time".

She came to the Supreme Court with a reputation as a pro-abortion feminist, once serving as counsel for the radical National Organization for Women as well as the American Civil Liberties Union, founding its Women's Rights Project, before being nominated to the High Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Doctors say there is no evidence the disease has spread elsewhere.

As the court's oldest member, Ginsburg has been asked questions for years about her health and how long she plans to stay on the court, even as she's attracted enthusiastic fans as the leader of the liberal wing.

President Trump has already named two conservative justices to the court, thus ensuring a five-justice conservative majority in most controversial cases. If the cancer is truly limited to the pancreas, "it could have been managed perfectly well with radiation", he said.

"There was a senator - I think it was after the pancreatic cancer - who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months", she said. She attended a legal conference in Lisbon this summer, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor and retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who died soon after returning. She married Martin Ginsburg, and together they had a daughter and a son.

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