Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg undergoes lung cancer surgery


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had malignant nodules removed from her lung in a NY hospital and is said to be "resting comfortably".

After the surgery, doctors found no evidence the cancer had spread beyond her left lung. She's a two-time cancer survivor - she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.

November 8, 2018 - Ginsburg is admitted to George Washington University for observation following a fall in her Supreme Court office that fractured three ribs.

She's expected to make a full recovery.

The Supreme Court Justice had cancerous nodules removed from her lungs on Friday, according to a statement from the U.S. Supreme Court. "The court says no additional treatment is planned now", the AP reported.

There is no standardized process for Supreme Court justices to make disclosures as to their health, and the justices themselves are sometimes imprecise about their ailments or overall well-being. She is released from the hospital the following day. The court won't hear arguments again until January 7.

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She will remain in the hospital for a few days and is reportedly "resting comfortably". In the early Obama years, progressive activists were hoping she would announce her retirement so that the former president could replace her with an equally liberal judge.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been through a lot this year.

Bader Ginsburg pictured at an event in New York City earlier this month. O'Connor, 88, said in October she is suffering from dementia.

The 85-year-old Brooklyn native was interviewed by NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg and when asked how her health is, Ginsburg said "it's fine, thank you, ' adding that her ribs are 'almost repaired".

Her trainer had stopped her from doing upper body work in the aftermath of the fall.

Following a screening of "On the Basis of Sex", a film about her when she was a young lawyer, Ginsburg made it clear she doesn't to step down any time soon.