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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reveals She's Being Treated for a Recurrence of Cancer

Joe Akins
Jul 21, 2020
07:00 A.M.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently told the world that she has been undergoing chemotherapy following a recurrence of cancer. Before now, Ginsburg has been treated for cancer four times.

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On Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently revealed that she has been undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of liver cancer.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Women's History Month reception on March 18, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Women's History Month reception on March 18, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

In a statement released by the Supreme Court, Ginsburg explained that she began chemotherapy in May. This was after she had a biopsy in February that showed lesions on her liver. According to her, Immunotherapy was first tried but was unsuccessful. Chemotherapy is, however, yielding positive results.

The statement continued by adding that Ginsburg's most recent scan on July 7 showed a significant reduction of the liver lesions, and no new disease was discovered.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018  | Photo: Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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Ginsburg went on to explain that she will continue her chemotherapy to help manage cancer and enable her to maintain an active daily routine. The Justice also mentioned that she has been able to keep up with opinion writing as well as with her court duties.

Despite all of her health challenges, Ginsburg refuses to give in, and the older woman remains as efficient as ever in the court.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 portrait | Photo: Wikimedia Commons Images

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 portrait | Photo: Wikimedia Commons Images

concluded by stating she would be a member of the court for as long as she could, and presently, Ginsburg maintains that she remains able to do that in full capacity.

Ginsburg has been treated for cancer four times in the past. In 2009, Ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer, and she has also been treated for colon cancer.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at An Historic Evening in her honor on September 21, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at An Historic Evening in her honor on September 21, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

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In 2018, Ginsburg had a part of her lung removed after doctors found three cancerous spots. Due to her age and extended medical history, many have been interested in Ginsburg's health struggles. This is also because of her status in the society.

Earlier this week, Ginsburg reportedly received treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She also reportedly underwent an endoscopic procedure to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture September 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Ginsburg also had an oral argument in May while she was in the hospital. Despite all of her health challenges, Ginsburg refuses to give in, and the older woman remains as efficient as ever in the court.

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