Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Will Remain On the Supreme Court After Revealing Her Cancer Diagnosis


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed that she is undergoing chemotherapy to treat recurring cancer. The 87-year-old also said that she will remain on the supreme court throughout her treatments.

"On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy (gemcitabine) to treat a recurrence of cancer. A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver. My recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this recurrence," the statement read. "Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information. My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. 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. Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work."

She also addressed concerns that she would retire from her seat on the court. "I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam," Ginsburg wrote. "I remain fully able to do that."

Earlier this week, it was reported that she had been admitted to the hospital because of an infection. She was later discharged and reported to be "home and doing well."

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