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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 15 Sept 2010

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed three weeks of radiation therapy at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, according to a statement from the court on Friday.

Ginsburg, 86, is being treated for a malignant tumor on her pancreas that was detected early last month during a routine blood test. A subsequent biopsy revealed the tumor, according to a report by Fox News. She had a prior occurrence of pancreatic cancer in 2009, colorectal cancer in 1999, and surgery for lung cancer this past December.

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“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” said a court spokesperson. “Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans. No further treatment is needed at this time.”

The radiation treatments conducted outpatient. A bile duct stent was also placed on the pancreas as well.

“The Justice tolerated the treatment well,” the spokesperson added. “She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe but has otherwise maintained an active schedule.”

Ginsburg has 11 public events planned for September. The new Supreme Court term is scheduled to begin on October 7. Justices usually return to work in the month prior, and so far, Ginsburg has shown no signs of slowing down.

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