Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery to Remove Cancerous Growths

By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

December 21, 2018

Supreme Court: Justice Ginsburg has cancerous growths removed from lung

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery at a New York hospital to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung on Friday, the Supreme Court announced.

A spokesman said there's no indication of any remaining disease, nor is there any evidence of the disease elsewhere in her body. 

The cancerous growths were reportedly discovered during tests Ginsburg underwent following an incident on Nov. 8 in which she fractured several ribs in a fall at her office. 

This is Ginsburg's third bout with cancer since she joined the court in 1993. In 1999, Ginsburg had to undergo surgery for colorectal cancer. In 2009, she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer. 

You can read a full statement from the Supreme Court here: 

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.

Ginsburg is being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. 

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