Ginsburg hospitalized with pancreatic cancer

GINSBURG HOSPITALIZED WITH PANCREATIC CANCER…. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has, fortunately, bounced back from cancer before, and hopefully will do so again.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer, apparently at an early stage.

The court said the 75-year-old Ginsburg had the surgery Thursday 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…. The cancer was discovered during a routine, annual exam late last month at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

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

Ginsburg was diagnosed with colon cancer 15 years ago, but it did not affect her work on the court.

If this cancer was caught, as the AP noted, at an “early stage,” there’s no reason to think she’ll have to step down from the court. Regardless, we wish her a speedy recovery.

Update: The Wall Street Journal report added the attending surgeon believes Gingburg “will likely remain in the hospital approximately 7-10 days.” It also noted that she “had no symptoms prior to the incidental discovery of the lesion during a routine annual check-up in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. A Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) Scan revealed a small tumor, approximately 1 cm across, in the center of the pancreas.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.