Dec 21, 2018

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancerous growths removed from lung

Ruth Bader Ginsburg looks tired.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had cancerous growths removed from her lung today at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the Supreme Court's office of Public Information said in a statement.

Details: "Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease," the statement reads. The growths were discovered in November. Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the court and has previously beaten back both colon and pancreatic cancer.

"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."
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