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Sat Sep 19, 2020, 07:48 PM

Ginsburg v. cancer was a 'remarkable fight': RBG battled five bouts of cancer over two decades

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening, had overcome four bouts with pancreatic, lung and colon cancer dating back two decades.

Ginsburg, 87, could not beat the most recent spread to her liver and died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

In January, she announced she was cancer-free, saying a periodic scan and biopsy revealed lesions on her liver but that chemotherapy treatment that began in May was "yielding positive results." But by July, Ginsburg said she was battling cancer again and was undergoing chemotherapy after a lesion was found on her liver.

"It's fairly uncommon to have so many cancers successfully treated and then to be able to live through them, certainly as long as she did and to tolerate the treatment of these in her 80s, it's a testament to her," said Dr. Kiran Turaga, director of the Surgical Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at the University of Chicago Medicine.


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