It’s been announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 86, has just completed three weeks of stereotactic ablative radiation treatments for a tumor found on her pancreas. She was treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan.
The tumor was discovered in early July following a routine blood test. A biopsy conducted on July 31st confirmed it was malignant.
No further treatment is currently necessary.
The state of Ginsburg’s health has become a point of national interest. If she should step down from the Supreme Court in the next year and a half, she would undoubtedly be replaced with a conservative justice. She will likely stay on, if her health permits it, at least until the next president takes office.
She has certainly had her share of health issues over the years.
Following a fall in her office in November 2018, she was hospitalized with three broken ribs. X-rays taken of her ribs led to the discovery of two cancerous nodules on one of Ginsburg’s lungs. She was operated on in December and following a lengthy absence, she returned to the Supreme Court.
In 2014, a stent was placed in one of her coronary arteries.
A fall in 2012 resulted in two fractured ribs.
Ginsburg received treatment for early stage pancreatic cancer in 2009.
Prior to that, in 1999, she underwent treatment for colon cancer.
Ginsburg maintains she will stay on the court as long as she can do the job “full steam.”
She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993.