Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg undergoes lung cancer surgery

Posted December 22, 2018

Ginsburg underwent the surgery to remove the nodules, and according to a press release from the Supreme Court, the cancerous nodules were entirely removed and there appeared to be no other evidence of cancer in her body.

A spokesperson for the Supreme Court said that there was "no evidence of remaining disease" and no evidence of disease "elsewhere in the body" after the surgery.

Ginsburg has said before that she has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

No further treatment is planned, according to the statement, which added that "Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days".

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Last month, Ginsburg suffered broken ribs after a fall at her home.

A patient's prognosis could be influenced by the size of the nodules found and whether cancer was found in any nearby lymph nodes, experts say.

Ginsburg has had a series of health problems.

Her health is closely watched by liberals and conservatives alike. A potentially dominant 6-3 conservative majority would have major consequences for issues including abortion, the death penalty, voting rights, gay rights and religious liberty. Ginsburg works out quite a bit, which likely helped in her quick recovery. Doctors found her colon cancer during an appointment to treat an abdominal infection, reported Vox. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She hopes to be back on the court for the start of the next argument session in early January.

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Ginsburg is considered a hero by many liberals.

Between 1972 and 1978, Ginsburg argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court, winning five times, while raising two children.

She did her residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and completed a fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, according to her biography. In recent days, Ginsburg has basked in the warm applause of audiences that turned out for screenings of a new feature film about her life.

Ginsburg was the second woman to become a member of the Supreme Court, following Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired in 2006.

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"Losing the lobe [in this surgery] is about 20 percent of her lung function so it's going to affect her day-to-day, but I assume she had pretty good lung function going in, and they knew she was able to tolerate that", he says.