Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Surgery to Treat Lung Cancer

Editor’s note: We’re so sorry Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, had part of her left lung removed Friday after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Ginsburg cured at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, according to a news release from the United States Supreme Court Press Office.

According to the announcement from the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s cancer was limited to one part of her left lung. There is no evidence that the disease has spread elsewhere in her body. Diagnosis after an accident Ginsburg She was injured on November 7, when she fell into her office, breaking three of her ribs. According to reports, the cancer was discovered when she underwent imaging tests on her rib injury. The tests showed the presence of two lung nodules – tumors – in the left lower lobe. A pathology evaluation performed after removal of the nodule confirmed confirmed lung cancer.

Scans taken before surgery indicate that there is no evidence of disease anywhere else in the body. Because the cancer was confined to only one part of the lung and there was no evidence that it had spread, it is considered an early stage and would not require further treatment, according to a thoracic surgeon at Ginsburg, Valerie W. Roche, MD. The Supreme Court statement said Judge Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.

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