Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s cancer has returned

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a lecture at Georgetown Law in Washington, Oct. 30, 2019.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a lecture at Georgetown Law in Washington, Oct. 30, 2019.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, has had a recurrence of cancer, she announced Friday.

“I have often said I would remain a member of the court as long as I can do the job full steam,” she said in a statement issued by the Supreme Court. “I remain fully able to do that.”

She said she had begun a course of chemotherapy May 19, after “a periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver.”

“Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful,” she said. “The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information.”

Ginsburg has had surgery for lung cancer and radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer in recent years. She has also had surgery for early-stage pancreatic cancer in 2009 and treatment for colon cancer in 1999.

Ginsburg is the senior member of the court’s four-member liberal wing.

On Friday, she said a July 7 scan showed the liver lesions had been significantly reduced.

“I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” the statement said.

“I will continue biweekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine,” she said. “Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other court work.”

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