U.S. Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Facing Recurrent Cancer


Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on Friday that she was receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but had no plans to retire from the United States Supreme Court.Ginsburg, 87, who spent time in hospital this week for a possible infection, said her treatment has so far been successful in reducing liver damage and that she would continue the chemotherapy sessions both weeks.

“I have often said that I will remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job at full capacity. I remain fully capable of doing so, ”Ginsburg said in a statement issued by the court.

She said her recent hospitalizations, including one in May, were unrelated to cancer.

A medical scan in February revealed growths on her liver, she said, and she started chemotherapy in May.

“My most recent exam on July 7 indicated a significant reduction in liver damage and no new illnesses,” she said. “I tolerate chemotherapy well and I am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. “

Court hears arguments again in October

Ginsburg went to a Washington hospital on Monday evening after having a fever and chills. She then underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon to clean a bile duct stent that was placed last August when she was treated for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.

Ginsburg, who was appointed by former US President Bill Clinton and joined the court in 1993, has been treated four times for cancer.

In addition to the tumor in her pancreas last year, she was previously treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. She underwent lung surgery to remove cancerous growths in December 2018.

She has also suffered other health issues in recent years, including a broken rib during a fall in late 2018.

The tribunal has completed the hearing of arguments for the 2019-2020 mandate. Several cases that were scheduled to go to court during the last term have been postponed to October, the next quarter, due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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