Ginsburg Has Pancreatic Cancer

By Marc Ambinder

The wires report that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is having surgery for pancreatic cancer; pancreatic growths are are almost always malignant, and pancreatic cancer has among the lowest survival rates of the many varieties of the disease. Surprisingly, the good news is that surgeons usually tend to operate on the pancreas when the cancer hasn't spread, so Ginsberg may well have a better than average prognosis.

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