February 5th, 2009
01:09 PM ET
13 years ago

BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice treated for cancer


The Supreme Court announced Thursday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery for early stage pancreatic cancer. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday for early stage pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced.

Ginsburg, 75, underwent surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the court said in a news release. It said she will likely remain in the hospital for the seven to 10 days, according to her attending surgeon, Dr. Murray Brennan.

"Justice Ginsburg 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 court spokeswoman said in the statement.

A CAT scan "revealed a small tumor, approximately one centimeter across, in the center of the pancreas," she added.

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. former republican

    We wish you a speedy recovery.

    February 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Luke Brown

    Ginsberg = A truly great justice

    February 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Mike in Houiston:

    So you show your respect for life by rejoicing at the illness and possible death of an accomplished and gracious public servant?

    Ignorant, hateful and just stupid.

    February 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. James II

    Here is your chance Barak. Vett this one. The old lady should be replaced quickly. Make sure you put in the same extremist as coming out. She believes in lowering the age of consent to 13. Nice old lady.

    February 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. James II

    Personally I hope she can hold out for 4 years.

    February 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Dan

    Yes. democrats in power to appoint another liberal so USA becomes a socialist state like in Europe. Although I wish her well,she is not at all helpful for our cause. She is a left wing liberal.

    February 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Alfaya Lewis

    I am so sorry to hear of Justice Ginsberg being ill, and hope that she recovers fully. At least if she passes/steps down, we will have another good justice on the court. Too bad this couldn't have happened to Scalia or Thomas.

    February 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Sue

    Cancer is not a partisan issue. There are politicians I can't stand but I would not wish cancer or death on anyone.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Justice Ginsberg.

    February 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Sad that people here can not put aside their political rantings.

    This is a fellow human who is suffering from cancer. Would it be so hard to wish her well?

    Evidently, for many, it is.

    February 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Alfaya Lewis

    Dang, why couldn't this have happened to Thomas or Scalia. Or both.

    February 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Proud American

    My thoughts and prayer are for you and a speedy recovery.

    February 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    President Obama, when the chance presents itself, and it may very soon, you have chance to do something exceptional for the country – appoint former President Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court. His knowledge of the law is unequalled and it will not permit him to comment publicly on anything political, either! Plus think of the fun Clinton would have with Chief Justice Roberts, the hand-picked crony of fearless, Jet-Pilot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Taft went to the Supreme Court after his term, so there is precedent here!

    February 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Real Change

    Hey Mike. I'm pro-life, but I think you're disgusting!

    February 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. ashrac

    My prayers are with her.

    February 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Carolyn in Memphis Tennessee

    I like this lady, I hope and pray everything goes well for her.

    February 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Willy Brown


    February 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Ken Sawyer

    This topic should not have been opened in the first place. It is a private matter for her and her family to deal with. I have not seen many comments here that leads me to believe anyone on this sight is capable of helping her.

    February 5, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. donna

    Mike in Houston...I'm sure your parents of proud that they raise an insensitive idiot such as yourself....

    February 5, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. James in Dallas, Tx

    I can almost say that the Supreme Court has become the World's Most Expensive Nursing Home, but that award has already gone to the U.S. Senate thanks to Byrd, Bunning and Specter.

    February 5, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Ken Sawyer

    On appointing Clinton to the Supreme Court he has not decided yet what is is.

    February 5, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Kingsley Olivelle

    You guys have already condemned her to death,. She is not dead yet. Why are you talking about her replacement. Just shut up and get on with other news. Let her recover and get on with her job. You guys are terrible.


    February 5, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Dennis in Millbrae, CA

    Our thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recover go out to Justice Ginsberg.

    February 5, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. lisa

    I'm not sure why CNN would put this on the ticker so people can argue about it. Her health has nothing to do with who she is or what she believes in.

    Such bitter Americans in this country. Wish her well and leave it at that.

    February 5, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. yuri

    May the Lord shower His Merciful Miracles on Justice Ginsberg and deal a death blow to the pancreatic cancer itself.

    February 5, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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