Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was treated for a malignant tumor in the pancreas

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

WASHINGTON – Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court has just completed treatment for a malignant tumor found in her pancreas.

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it “had completed a three-week course” in radiation therapy that began on August 5th. The “abnormality” was detected for the first time during a routine blood test in early July. A biopsy performed on July 31 revealed that it was a malignant tumor.

The court also said that Ginsburg “tolerated the treatment well”.

“The tumor has been permanently treated and there is no evidence of disease in any other part of the body,” said the information office of the Supreme Court in a statement. “Judge Ginsburg will continue to undergo periodic blood tests and analyzes.”

Ginsburg, 86, has had several episodes of cancer. Ginsburg had a long battle with colorectal cancer in 1999. Ten years later, he had pancreatic cancer, which was often fatal, but in his case, it had been detected early. She suffered the death of her husband, Martin Ginsburg, 56, in 2010, and a heart surgery that required a stent in 2014.

 

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More recently, he was operated on late 2018 after the discovery of cancerous nodules in his lungs. They were discovered after his fall and his fracture to three ribs.

Since then, he has returned to the Supreme Court, but the arguments were lost for the first time in more than 25 years in January when he recovered from the operation at the end of 2018.

 

According to the court, during the last weeks of treatment at Ginsburg in New York, he had a busy schedule. “She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but she kept a busy schedule,” the court said in a statement Friday.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court Justice met Kate McKinnon, comedian of “Saturday Night Live”, who has represented Ginsburg on the humorous show in recent years.

 

According to the court, during the last weeks of treatment at Ginsburg in New York, he had a busy schedule. “She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but she kept a busy schedule,” the court said in a statement Friday.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court Justice met Kate McKinnon, comedian of “Saturday Night Live”, who has represented Ginsburg on the humorous show in recent years.

 

When his health problem appeared in an interview with NPR last month, although Ginsburg did not mention the name of former Senator Jim Bunning, he had a lot to say about some of the comments he made in 2009, a few weeks after his surgery. for a previous fight with pancreatic cancer.

“There was a senator, I think it was after pancreatic cancer, who announced with great joy that he was going to die in six months,” Ginsburg told Nina Totenberg of NPR. “This senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now dead and I am very alive.”

The health of Liberal justice has become a concern for both Conservatives and Progressives, as the possible end of his term in court would pave the way for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and President Donald Trump. change the ideological balance of the upper right court in the decades to come.

Since taking office in 2017, Trump has appointed two conservatives to the nine-member court, creating a majority of five Republican candidates. A vacancy, regardless of its seat, would give the president the opportunity to appoint another young Conservative judge to the bench, which would still weigh on the balance of the Supreme Court for several more decades.

Amanda Hollis-Brusky, a professor of politics at Pomona College, Calif., who wrote about the Supreme Court and the conservative legal movement, said the conversation must be more than the health and longevity of an 86-year-old judge.

 

“The fact that she is the oldest and we know now that she has had more cancer treatments is the story of her. The story is much bigger than her,” Hollis said. -Brusky. “This is the balance of power of the court in the decades to come. Any sign of a potential vacancy in the seat will awaken the battle lines.”

Joseph Palmore, a Washington DC lawyer who worked for Ginsburg, described justice as “the hardest and toughest person I have ever met”.

“Judge Ginsburg has obviously experienced this before,” Palmore said in an email. “Each time, she strengthened herself and remained extremely engaged in her fieldwork.”

Ginsburg addressed one of the compliments to his former colleague, John Paul Stevens, the second and oldest judge in the history of the Supreme Court. During his recent trip to Portugal, he remembered telling Stevens: “My dream is to stay on the ground as much as you do.”

“His immediate answer:” Stay longer, “said Ginsburg.

Ginsburg is the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court after Sandra Day O’Connor, who served from 1981 to 2006.

 

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