- Title: U.S. Supreme Court's Ginsburg undergoing treatment for cancer recurrence
- Date: 17th July 2020
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE - NOVEMBER 30, 2018) (UNRESTRICTED POOL) SUPREME COURT JUSTICES GINSBURG, ALITO, KAVANAUGH, KAGAN, SOTOMAYOR AND GORSUCH POSING FOR CLASS PHOTO
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- Keywords: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgh hospital possible infection
- Location: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA007CN74U2V
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- Story Text: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 87 the U.S. Supreme Court's oldest member, said on Friday (July 17) she is receiving chemotherapy treatment for a recurrence of cancer, the latest in a series of health issues.
In a statement released by the court, Ginsburg said that a periodic scan in February, followed by a biopsy, revealed lesions on her liver. She said she is tolerating the chemotherapy treatment well and that it is yielding positive results.
"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," she said.
On Wednesday (July 15), Ginsburg was released from a hospital in Baltimore after treatment for a possible infection. She underwent a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital to clean a bile duct stent that was inserted last August. Ginsburg said recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this cancer recurrence.
The health of Ginsburg, the court's senior liberal member, is closely watched because a Supreme Court vacancy could give Republican President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint a third justice to the nine-member court and move it further to the right. The court currently has a 5-4 conservative majority including two justices appointed by Trump - Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 and Neil Gorsuch in 2017.
Ginsburg has experienced a succession of health issues in recent years, including bouts with lung and pancreatic cancer. In May, she underwent non-surgical treatment for a gallstone that had caused an infection.
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