In what is bad news for Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her family, and perhaps worse news for Liberals, the 86-year old justice has had to undergo further cancer treatment.
It has recently been announced that Ginsburg recently completed three weeks of radiation treatment after doctors found a localized cancerous tumor on her pancreas.
According to a statement released by the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s radiation therapy, which was conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, began August 5, just days after the tumor was confirmed to be malignant. The treatment included the insertion of a stent in Ginsburg’s bile duct. Doctors have concluded that there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in her body.
The Court said she “tolerated the treatment well.”
“RGB” as she is known, has battled various illnesses over the last 20 years. In 1999, Ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment. More recently, she had surgery ten years ago after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg also was diagnosed with lung cancer late last year.
She had surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung in December. The nodules were discovered during scans after she fell and broke three ribs in November. The December surgery forced her to miss two weeks of oral arguments, which was the first time that happened in her 26 years on the bench.
Ginsburg is currently the oldest active member of the Supreme Court. As a famously liberal justice, many Democrats fret that if she retires while President Trump is still in office, it will give him another opportunity to put a conservative-leaning justice on the bench.
Trump has already filled two spots on the court with Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch after the vacancies left by the death of Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy’s decision to step down.