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Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she can still perform Supreme Court duties

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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday that she is undergoing chemotherapy treatments to combat a “reoccurrence of cancer.”
  • The 87-year-old was recently hospitalized for an infection stemming from a medical procedure on a tumor found on her pancreas.
  • “I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” Ginsburg said in a statement.
  • “I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine. Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.”
  • “I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.”
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Following another recent heath scare, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday that she is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a “reoccurrence of cancer.”

Ginsburg, 87, has survived cancer four times before.

“On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy (gercitabine) to treat a recurrence of cancer,” Ginsburg said in the statement. “A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver. My recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this recurrence.”

However, Ginsburg said this development does not mean she will be stepping down from the bench.

” I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine. Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.”

“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.”

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