Friday, February 13, 2009

Ginsburg Home, May Soon Be Back at Work

Feb. 13, 2009 – 1:49 p.m.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back home recuperating from surgery for pancreatic cancer and is expected to be in court Feb. 23 for an oral argument.

Ginsburg, 75, was released from New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Friday, according to a brief statement from the court. She underwent surgery Feb. 5 to remove her spleen and part of her pancreas after a CAT scan revealed a lesion in the pancreas.

The court statement said her lymph nodes were negative for cancer and that the lesion discovered last month was benign. But her surgeon detected another, even smaller tumor that is malignant. The cancer has been classified as TNM Stage 1.

Ginsburg was nominated to the high court by President Bill Clinton in mid-June 1993, confirmed by the Senate on 97-3 vote on Aug. 3 and took her seat Aug. 10. She had earlier served 13 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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