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Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for cancerous growths on lung



Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a procedure to remove cancerous growths from her lung, the court announced Friday in a statement.

Doctors found no evidence of disease elsewhere in her body after the pulmonary lobectomy, and no further treatment is planned, the statement said.

Ginsburg, who is 85, was also hospitalized last month after she fractured several ribs in a fall. While she was being treated, doctors found two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung, according to the court’s statement.

“Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days,” the statement said.

The nodules are Ginsburg’s third brush with cancer, after being treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. NPR reported that Ginsburg has never missed a day of oral arguments in the 25 years she has spent on the court.

Ginsburg’s health has been an ongoing preoccupation for Democrats across the country in recent years. The court’s conservative-to-liberal ratio is now 5-4 after President Donald Trump appointed justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the seats vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Presidend Donald Trump has reportedly speculated that he will get to appoint up to four justices, citing the health of not only Ginsburg, but also Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Ginsburg has said in the past — and as recently as this week— that she will remain on the Supreme Court “as long as I can do it full steam.”

Ginsburg has been seen, apparently in good health, at a number of public events last week, including a flight to New York City, a screening of the new film based on her life, “On the Basis of Sex,” and other interviews before audiences.

“Oh wow. You wouldn’t have known. She was moving well yesterday and she spent the entire ride working,” tweeted NBC reporter Katy Tur, who said she saw Ginsburg on a flight Thursday.

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