2019 Kcancer Hero: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since August 10, 1993. She is fearless fighter for justice for all[1].

Justice Ginsberg became ill in the summer of 1999. Doctor thought she had acute diverticulitis, a disorder of the large intestine, and confirmed later that there was a perforation in her bow, caused her abdominal infection. Her colon cancer was discovered by accident. She underwent surgery which removed her sigmoid colon. Her cancer was classified as the second of four stages, invading colon, entering the outer muscle, but not penetrating through it. The cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes or any other organ.

In January 2009, tumor about 1 cm was found in Ginsburg’s pancreas in a routine checkup. On February 5, 2009, the tumor was removed and there was no lymph node or other vascular involvement.

It was unfortunate that Justice Ginsburg contacted cancers twice, but fortunate was that in both cases the cancers were identified in the early stage and outcomes of treatments were very successful. Her cancer fight stories has inspired and given hope to many in the cancer fights.

[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bader_Ginsburg. Cited on March 5, 2017

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