Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery To Remove Cancerous Growths From Lung

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, appointed to SCOTUS in 1993

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday to remove two cancerous nodules from her lung. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

(CBS NEWS) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday to remove two cancerous nodules from her lung. A spokesperson for the Supreme Court said that there was “no evidence of remaining disease” and no evidence of disease “elsewhere in the body” after the surgery.

“Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days,” the court’s public information office reported.

She survived pancreatic cancer thanks to an early diagnosis in 2009, and in 1999 underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for colon cancer.

Ginsburg is one of the four liberal members of the Supreme Court, and is somewhat of an icon among progressives.

The justice, 85, was hospitalized in November after she fell in her office and broke three ribs. Ginsburg is notorious for maintaining a strenuous exercise regime, but recent health scares such as the broken ribs and Friday’s surgeries raise questions about her health and ability to remain on the court.

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