Over the summer, it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent treatment for another bout with pancreatic cancer. However, it appears that things are now looking up for the 86-year-old jurist.
“I’m cancer-free,” Ginsburg declared in a Thursday interview, according to Fox News. “That’s good.”
The Supreme Court released a statement in August detailing Ginsburg’s condition as well as the course of treatment that she underwent at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
“The focused radiation treatment began on August 5 and was administered on an outpatient basis to treat a tumor on her pancreas. The abnormality was first detected after a routine blood test in early July, and a biopsy performed on July 31 at Sloan Kettering confirmed a localized malignant tumor,” the statement read.
It went on: “Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans. No further treatment is needed at this time.”
Ongoing health struggles
This was hardly Ginsburg’s first cancer battle, a fact which has caused great panic among progressives who fear the possibility of another Trump appointment to the Supreme Court.
Just last year, Ginsburg had surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her left lung. The disease came to light due to a fall in which she fractured three ribs, according to NBC News.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City,” a Supreme Court press release issued at the time read. “Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7.”
In 2009, Ginsburg was treated for an earlier bout with pancreatic cancer, something for which she also underwent surgery. A decade before that, she was diagnosed with colon cancer, according to The New York Times.
“I love my job”
Despite these ongoing concerns, Ginsburg apparently has no intention of stepping down from the high court. That’s something she stressed while speaking at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
“For one thing, I love my job,” the octogenarian liberal icon explained. “It’s the best and the hardest job I’ve ever had. It has kept me going through four cancer bouts.
“Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains,” she explained, “I just know that I have to read this set of briefs.”