Justice Ginsburg appears to be doing well after her surgery last week. The Court released the following press release:
The pancreatic cancer for which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery on February 5 has been determined as TNM Stage 1 by doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. All lymph nodes proved negative for cancer and no metastasis was found. In the procedure Dr. Murray Brennan, the attending pancreatic surgeon, removed the Justice’s spleen along with a portion of her pancreas.
Extraordinarily, the approximately 1 cm lesion revealed on a late January CAT scan, the discovery of which led to the February 5 surgery, proved benign. But in searching the entire pancreas Dr. Brennan identified a previously undetected single, even smaller, tumor which upon examination was found malignant.
Justice Ginsburg was released from Memorial Sloan-Kettering today and is recuperating at home.
AP is also reporting that the Court’s spokeswoman noted that the Cancer had not spread to her Lymph nodes. Thats good news and it means that Justice Ginsburg may not need chemotherapy.
The Court next sits for oral arguments on February 23.
Update: The WSJ Health Blog has this to say about Justice Ginsburg’s diagnosis:
[UCLA gastroenterologist and medical oncologist J. Randolph] Hecht says there are no real data on a person’s likelihood of survival after removing a malignant tumor as small as the one found during surgery on the justice. That’s because tumors that small typically wouldn’t be picked up using an imaging test like a CT scan — meaning they aren’t typically treated. The sequence of events — surgery on a benign tumor that finds a smaller, malignant one — is “very unusual,” he says.
“Either there’s some information I’m missing somewhere,” Hecht says, “or she is extraordinarily lucky.”