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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just completed three weeks of radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York after doctors found a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, the U.S. Supreme Court revealed in a statement released Friday (Aug. 23). Her treatment went well and doctors found no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.
Ginsburg began her treatment in early August, less than a year after undergoing surgery to remove one lobe of her lung that had cancerous lesions. Doctors discovered the lesions when treating Ginsburg after she fell and broke three ribs. The justice recovered from her broken ribs and lung surgery and continues to maintain a busy schedule even after this latest health issue, NPR reported.
Cancer - Cancer - Pancreas - Survival - Rate
Localized pancreatic cancer, or cancer growing only in the pancreas, has a 5-year survival rate of 34%, according to the American Cancer Society. Once the cancer spreads to other areas of the body, the 5-year survival rate drops to as low as 3%. After the cancer is cleared, there is still a chance that the cancer will return or a new cancer will develop. Some research...
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