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Ginsburg completes radiation treatment for cancerous tumor

Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE on Friday completed three weeks of radiation treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas, the Supreme Court announced.

The treatment, conducted on an outpatient basis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, was to combat a tumor that was detected in early July during a routine blood test. A stent was also inserted into her bile duct as part of the treatment.

“The Justice tolerated treatment well,” the Supreme Court said in a statement. “The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”

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The court added that Ginsburg will “continue to have periodic blood tests and scans” and that no further treatment is currently required.

Ginsburg, 86, has sat on the court’s nine-member bench for 26 years and is its oldest serving justice. She has struggled with bouts of cancer during her tenure, undergoing surgery in 1999 for colorectal cancer, a procedure for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and another operation to remove two malignant nodules in her lungs in December.

Affectionately referred to as “RBG” by supporters, Ginsburg has emerged as a cultural icon for liberals who see her as a a bulwark against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE’s efforts to install more conservative justices.

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Updated at 3:07 p.m.