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Ruth Bader Ginsburg successfully underwent treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg successfully underwent treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas

This is the second time the Supreme Court justice has had to have tumors removed in a year

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering from treatment to remove a malignant tumor from her pancreas, the Supreme Court revealed Friday in a news release.

Here's what we know

Ginsburg had "completed a three-week course of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City," according to the news release.

Doctors had discovered the malignant tumor on her pancreas during "a routine blood test in early July." She had a biopsy performed at the end of that month, the release said. The radiation treatment to remove the tumor was an outpatient procedure.

The court said that Ginsburg "tolerated treatment well" and has "maintained an active schedule." It is not clear from the news release if this tumor was pancreatic cancer, the survival rate for which is typically low, but Ginsburg's tumor was "treated definitively and there is no evidence of the disease elsewhere in the body."

The news release said that while Ginsburg would "continue to have periodic blood tests and scans," she did not need any additional treatment.

What else?

This comes less than a year after doctors removed malignant nodules from the lower lobe of her left lung. This surgery was also successful. Those nodules were discovered when she went to the doctor in early November 2017, in order to treat three ribs that she had fractured in a fall.

With the exception of briefly missing oral arguments after her earlier surgery, Ginsburg has kept up with her Supreme Court workload.

At 86 years old, Ginsburg is the oldest sitting member of the Supreme Court.

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