Justice O'Connor Returns to Bench After Operation

Associated Press

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor returned to the Supreme Court today, 10 days after undergoing breast cancer surgery at Georgetown University Hospital.

The 58-year-old justice took her seat with fellow justices when the court convened after a two-week recess.

O'Connor reportedly underwent a mastectomy, removal of the breast. Normally, breast cancer patients receive some treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation to prevent a recurrence.

No details of the operation have been confirmed. But O'Connor said in an earlier statement that the cancer was detected in an early stage and that the prognosis is for a full recovery.

O'Connor had previously issued a statement that she intended to be back at the court today.

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