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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on June 8, 2006 in Washington, D.C.
updated 2/13/2009 1:28:37 PM ET 2009-02-13T18:28:37

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's cancer was found at the earliest stage and has not spread beyond her pancreas, the court said Friday.

The 75-year-old justice returned to her home in Washington Friday, after being released from the Memorial-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the court said.

The one-centimeter growth that doctors initially spotted during a CT scan in late January turned out, upon analysis, to be benign. But a second, even smaller tumor found by her surgeon, Dr. Murray Brennan, during the operation was malignant, the court said. Doctors classified the cancer as early stage, or TNM Stage 1.

Tests on Ginsburg's lymph nodes revealed no cancer and doctors found no spread of it elsewhere, the court said.

Brennan removed Ginsburg's spleen and a portion of the pancreas on Feb. 5.

Ginsburg has indicated she will be at the court when the justices next hear arguments on Feb. 23.

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