Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman currently serving on the nation's highest court, underwent surgery Thursday for removal of a cancerous tumor from her pancreas.
Ginsburg, 75, is being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Ginsburg's pancreatic cancer was discovered early, in the course of a routine annual screening, but medical literature says even in this circumstance, a patient's five-year survival chances range from 10 to 30 percent.
Very saddening news. No, it's not exactly a death sentence, but pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to face.