Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Undergoes Cancer Surgery


According to a statement released on Friday from the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung on Friday in a procedure known as a pulmonary lobectomy. The cancer was discovered when Ginsberg was hospitalized in November for a fall in her office where she sustained rib fractures.

According to a court spokesperson, the surgery went well, and there is no evidence that cancer has spread elsewhere in her body, nor is there any evidence of any remaining disease. Ginsberg is not expected to undergo any further treatment at this time.

This is Ginsburg’s third run-in with cancer. In 1999, she underwent surgery to treat colorectal cancer. In 2009, she received treatment for early-stage pancreatic cancer.

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Ginsberg is the Supreme Court’s most senior liberal justice and has promised to continue to serve for as long as she’s able.

The full statement from the court is below:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.

This breaking news story will be updated.

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