Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to undergo chemotherapy


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had surgery last month for pancreatic cancer, plans to undergo a “precautionary” course of chemotherapy.

Remarkably, the 76-year-old justice hasn’t missed any of the court’s public sessions. She underwent surgery Feb. 5 for a 1 cm tumor on her pancreas. Her cancer was Stage 1, which meant it had not spread beyond the original site.

The round of chemo, which will be administered at the National Institutes of Health, is scheduled to start later in March.

“Thereafter, it is anticipated that I will require only routine examinations to assure my continuing good health,” Ginsburg, a colon cancer survivor, told reporters. She said the surgery was “complete” and “successful.”

When Ginsburg spoke last week to students at New England Law School in Boston, she told them   she had received advice about chemotherapy from former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a breast cancer survivor.

“She said when you’re up to chemotherapy, you do it on Friday, Friday afternoon,” Ginsburg said, according to the Associated Press. “You’ll get over it over the weekend and you’ll be able to come to the court on Monday.”


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