Thursday, February 5, 2009

Justice Ginsburg Has Cancer Surgery

From the AP:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the court said.

Ginsburg, 75, had the surgery 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, according to a release issued by the court.

The court announcement said the cancer is apparently in the early stages.

In 1999, Ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer and had chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The only woman on the court, she has been a justice since 1993.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Hint to NPR: It’s a little tacky to start talking about who might replace her on the Court. It’s okay to wonder, but keep it to yourself while she’s still in the recovery room.