Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a malignant tumor on her pancreas, the Supreme Court said in a statement.
“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the court said. The news comes after Ginsburg was treated for lung cancer late last year.
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Ginsburg began her radiation therapy on Aug. 5 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The “abnormality” was detected in early July after a blood test, and a July 31 biopsy “confirmed a localized malignant tumor,” the court said.
The 86-year-old justice “tolerated treatment well,” and apart from canceling an annual summer visit to Santa Fe, she “has otherwise maintained an active schedule,” the court said. She “will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans,” although “no further treatment is needed at this time.”
Ginsburg, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has survived multiple cancer diagnoses — she was treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and an earlier bout of pancreatic cancer in 2009.
Most recently, Ginsburg underwentsurgeryin December 2018 to remove cancerous nodules from her left lung, which were identified after shefelland fractured three ribs last November.
The justicemissedoral arguments in January for the first time in her Supreme Court career while recovering, instead working from home using transcripts and written briefs.
POLITICO reported in January that the White House had begun preparing for Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the court, but shereturnedto the bench in February and has swatted away concerns regarding her health.
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months,” GinsburgtoldNPR in July. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I am very much alive.”