Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated Again For Cancer

Bader Ginsburg during an official group

Justice Ruth Ginsburg completes treatment for tumour on pancreas

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks about her work and gender equality during a panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone a three-week radiation therapy treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas, the Supreme Court announced Friday.

She "tolerated treatment well" and the tumour was "treated definitely", the court added in a statement. "No further treatment is needed at this time". The abnormality was first detected after a routine blood test in early July, and a biopsy performed on July 31 at Sloan Kettering confirmed a localized malignant tumor. The three-week, outpatient radiation treatment began August 5.

"She cancelled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule", Arberg said.

Ginsburg has no desire to step down from the bench and plans to hold her seat for as long as her health permits, sources told Fox News.

At 86 years old, Ginsburg is the old sitting member of the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg, who joined the court in 1993, had two cancerous nodules in her left lung removed in December.

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With the exception of briefly missing oral arguments after her earlier surgery, Ginsburg has kept up with her Supreme Court workload. In 1999, she was operated on to treat colon cancer.

The radiation therapy, conducted on an outpatient basis, began August 5, shortly after a localized cancerous tumor was discovered on Ginsburg's pancreas.

Ginsburg has experienced several health issues in recent years.

Throughout her three-week outpatient treatment, Ginsburg maintained her typically busy schedule, not letting even radiation slow her down. "That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I am very much alive". And, of course, she was working the entire time. She was the second woman ever appointed to America's highest court, after Sandra Day O'Connor, who served from 1981 to 2006.

She also said that people shouldn't try to set term limits for Supreme Court justices, an idea she repeated.

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