“Fight for what you value but do it in a manner that will lead others to become listed on you.”
– Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
U.S. Today at age 87 as a result of complications associated with pancreatic cancer supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.
She was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer last year 2009. She had no symptoms of the illness during the time – it was discovered within a regular checkup. She had surgery to remove the pancreas, alongside her spleen. Afterward, Justice Ginsburg said she was presented with “a sophisticated appreciation for the joys to be alive.”
Justice Ginsburg had numerous bouts with cancer, including a cancerous colon in 1999 and, in late 2018, cancerous nodules were taken from her left lung.
Over 11 years, as a long-term pancreatic cancer survivor, she gave hope to many patients facing the condition.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is an organization to keep fighting for progress for patients to ensure that more people have an opportunity at longer survival.
“Justice Ginsburg’s death is tragic, which is just one more push for PanCAN to carry on fighting for more research and better treatment alternatives for all patients,” said PanCAN President and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA. “Although the statistics are grim, there’s reason to hope. There’s a growing pancreatic cancer scientific community, many new clinical trials which could lead to new treatment plans, and resources and information for patients and families fighting this disease.”
One of the resources is PanCAN’s Patient Services, an application where trained and compassionate case managers provide free highly, personalized information about the illness, including treatment support and options services.
Pancreatic cancer could be the third leading reason for cancer-related deaths in the USA and it has a five-year survival rate of 10%.