Outstanding Outcome of Pancreatic Cancer: What Lessons Do We Learn

Muhammad W. Saif*

Outstanding Outcome of Pancreatic Cancer: What Lessons Do We Learn.

Despite advances in first-line therapy such as gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel and fluorouracil, leucovorin, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan in advanced pancreatic cancer, median overall survival remains less than 12-months.

Prestigious Supreme Court judge announced that she is a four-time survivor of cancer. She was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1999 for which she underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. During the course, she did not miss a day on the bench, despite bring physically beaten by the cancer treatment. She overcame this weakness by working with a personal
trainer, named Bryant Johnson, a former Army reservist attached to the Special Forces, who has trained Ginsburg twice weekly in the justices-only gym at the Supreme Court.

A decade later on February 05, 2009 she was
diagnosed with pancreatic adenocarcinoma, often deadly but in her case
detected early. She underwent surgery and was released from the hospital on February 13.5, Though not known, but it was reported that spleen was removed indicating the tumor could be in the tail part of the

She went back into session on February 23, 2009. On November 8, 2018, she fractured three ribs following a fall in her office and returned to work after a day of observation.
A computerized tomography scan at that time revealed suspicious lesions in her lungs for which she underwent surgical removal of these nodules on December 21, 2018.

It was in August 24, 2019 when it was reported that Ginsburg had completed three weeks of
focused radiation treatment to ablate a tumor found in her pancreas. Finally, on January 7, 2020, Ginsburg reported that she is again cancer free.

Pancreas Open J. 2020; 4(1): e1-e2. doi: 10.17140/POJ-4-e012