Justice Ginsburg battles recurrence of cancer, reports promising results

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait.

In a short statement Friday, Justice Ginsburg announced that she is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of cancer.

She has been receiving chemotherapy since May for liver cancer discovered in February. According to Ginsburg, “chemotherapy is yielding positive results.” She also said that recent scans have “indicated a significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease.”

Justice Ginsburg says “I can do the job”

“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,” said Justice Ginsburg. “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.”

This is Ginsburg’s fifth bout with cancer. Despite her health issues, the 87-year-old Justice has maintained a busy schedule on the court.

In an interview with NPR in July 2019, Ginsburg said she had spoken to Justice John Paul Stevens prior to his death. He had served for 35 years on the Court for. 

“I said that my dream is that I will stay at the court as long as he did,” Justice Ginsburg said. “And his immediate response was, ‘Stay longer!'”

Justice Ginsburg has served on the Supreme Court since 1993 — 27 years this year. 

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from Johns Hopkins early this week. She received treatment for an infection and to remove gallstones. She says these procedures were unrelated to her cancer treatment. 


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