Less than two months after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke three ribs in a November 7th fall, she is back in the hospital, according to new reports. This time, the Supreme Court justice has undergone surgery for lung cancer. CNN reports that Ginsburg had two cancerous growths removed from her lungs today, December 21st, at a hospital in New York. Doctors at the hospital performed a lobectomy, a procedure to remove part of the lung. In a statement obtained by CNN, the Supreme Court wrote that the nodules had been discovered when Ginsburg was hospitalized after her November fall. The court noted that the thoracic surgeon who operated on Ginsburg discovered that the growths were malignant post-surgery. According to the statement “there was no evidence of any remaining disease” after today’s operation.
At age 85, Ginsburg is currently the oldest justice on the Supreme Court. In July, she said that she hoped to remain on the bench for five more years. Thankfully, NPR reports that doctors say that as long as Ginsburg does not experience complications during her recovery, she should be able to heal completely.
This isn’t the justice’s first battle with cancer. According to NPR, she underwent treatment for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. Clearly, Ginsburg is one tough lady.
We’re sending Ginsburg all our well wishes for a safe and speedy recovery, and we’ll update this story as more information emerges.