Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for tumor

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The oldest judge on the US Supreme Court had to undergo surgery last year.

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Washington The justice icon and judge at the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has been treated for a malignant tumor in the pancreas. At this time, no further treatment is required, it said on Friday in a statement of the court. There is no evidence of a disease elsewhere in the body of the 86-year-olds.

The anomaly was discovered during a routine blood test in July and a biopsy confirmed that it was a malignant tumor, the statement said. The irradiation began on 5 August in New York.

Ginsburg is the oldest judge on the politically important Supreme Court. The petite woman is considered a trailblazer for women's rights and is known for her sharp argumentation. Her life and work is the subject of several films and books. Many liberals celebrate it as an icon. Ginsburg had to undergo surgery on the lungs last year after doctors found two malignant nodes.

The nine-member Supreme Court is of enormous importance. Not infrequently, the court has the last word in current disputes over passing laws or orders. The decisions are often of nationwide importance and shape the interpretation of laws in lower courts for years. The judges are appointed by the President and must be confirmed by the Senate.

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