Ruth Bader Ginsburg Announced That Her Cancer Has Returned
But she's "fully able" to continue in her Supreme Court post.
Today, Friday, July 17th, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced in a statement that her cancer has returned and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy. However, she is reassuring the country (and her legion of supporters) that she has no plans to retire and is "fully able" to continue her post. That's because she's a fighter and a badass, which we already knew.
According to her statement, she first began chemotherapy on May 19th after a periodic scan found lesions on her liver. (Though, CNN notes that this does not mean it's liver cancer. Rather, the statement indicates it's likely a recurrence of pancreatic cancer.) The treatment has "yielded positive results," and Ginsburg noted that her most recent scan, which she received on July 7th, "indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease." She wrote that she plans to continue biweekly chemo treatment, but that, through it all, she is keeping up with her "active daily routine"—the 87-year-old has become famous for her interval training workouts.
"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," Ginsburg wrote.
The Supreme Court justice was hospitalized on July 14th at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for a possible infection and discharged a day later; however, CNN reports that it was unrelated to her current cancer treatment.
Ginsburg has survived many occurances of cancer, including having radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2019, which she also treated in early stage in 2009; surgery to remove cancerous nodules in her lung in 2018; and colon cancer in 1999, according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
We're sending our postive thoughts and encouragement to RBG as she continues her battle with cancer.