US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for tumour on pancreas

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared personal insights and other thoughts about the intersection of justice and opera to a full house of fans July 26 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown

US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for tumour on pancreas

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just completed three weeks of radiation treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY, the U.S. Supreme Court disclosed Friday.

The court kept Ginsburg's latest cancer secret for three weeks, until she finished radiation treatment.

A bile duct stent was placed as part of her treatment.

The tumor was "treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body", the court said.

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The setback does not appear to have slowed the 86-year-old's summer schedule, other than one cancelled visit to Santa Fe.

Ginsburg, the subject of a recent documentary on her life, RBG, was nominated to the Supreme Court by then-president Bill Clinton, and took the oath of office in early 1993.

Watch CNN discuss above. And last December, two cancerous nodules were removed from her left lung.

The court said in a statement that a biopsy performed July 31 at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY confirmed a localized malignant tumour. She attended a legal conference in Lisbon this summer, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor and retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who died soon after returning.

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During the second term of Democratic President Barack Obama, Ginsburg rebuffed calls from some liberals that she resign to allow the president to appoint a replacement, thereby avoiding the possibility of a Republican filling her seat. In 1999, she was operated on to treat colon cancer. "No further treatment is needed at this time".

She returned to the bench in February and was an active participant in the remaining oral arguments of the court term, which ended in June. Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans. Over time, she also wrote opinions advancing broader civil rights and liberties. The Justice tolerated treatment well.

Pancreatic tumors are usually treated with surgery, but she or her doctors may have chosen not to do that for various reasons, and radiation is a standard treatment if surgery is not done, Pishvaian said.

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