On Friday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed to the public that she has been having chemotherapy treatments for a liver cancer recurrence since May.
Ginsburg said in a statement that new lesions on her liver were discovered in February, and that chemotherapy started in May seems to be having positive results.
The lesions have reportedly been shrinking, and Ginsburg said that her recent hospitalization for a possible infection had nothing to do with her cancer.
“My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease,” she said. “I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine.”
Ginsburg’s fifth bout with cancer
Doctors first tried immunotherapy to fight the cancer, but moved to chemotherapy when it was not successful.
Only a month before the new lesions were discovered, Ginsburg declared that she was cancer free and resumed public appearances.
This is Ginsburg’s fifth bout with cancer. Besides the previous liver cancer, Ginsburg also had pancreatic colorectal and lung cancers.
Ginsburg staying on the court
The 87-year-old insists that she has been keeping up with her work on the Supreme Court and that she is still able to give maximum effort.
“Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work,” Ginsburg added, The Hill reported. “I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.”
Speculation of a Ginsburg retirement has run rampant since her last pancreatic cancer diagnosis, with many people wondering how much longer she will last on the court. She is the oldest justice on the court, and previously said she wanted to wait until she is at least 90 to retire.
If she isn’t able to stay on the court until the end of 2020, her retirement may give President Donald Trump a chance to put another conservative judge on the court.
It may be unlikely for Ginsburg to be able to avoid retirement if Trump is re-elected for another four years, however.