US Supreme Court justice receives cancer treatment

Clay Curtis
August 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumour on her pancreas.

Ms Ginsburg received three weeks of radiation therapy in NY in August after the tumour was discovered, the court said.

The court said that Ginsburg "tolerated treatment well" and has "maintained an active schedule".

Ginsburg's "tumor was treated definitively", the court continued, "and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body".

Trump is reportedly saving Conservative Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg when she leaves the court. She had surgery to treat colon cancer in 1999 and battled another bout of pancreatic cancer in 2009.

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Doctors had discovered the malignant tumor on her pancreas during "a routine blood test in early July". She is scheduled to speak in Buffalo next week and at the Library of Congress national book festival in Washington at the end of the month.

Agus also said that the statement that the tumor had been treated "definitively" means it was treated "with the hope that they could cure it".

The source also saw her "walk up a full flight of stairs with assistance" - a sign of strength. The court is now split on a 5-4 conservative majority as Donald Trump has appointed two conservative justices during his tenure. She underwent surgery to have two malignant modules removed from her left lung in December.

The 86-year-old justice has been treated for cancer in various forms over the past 20 years. According to the court, she does not need further treatment at this time. Ginsburg broke from the supposed nonpartisan ranks of the Supreme Court prior to Trump's election, claiming that Trump was "a faker" who "really has an ego", saying that she hoped he wasn't elected.

During Ginsburg's three weeks of treatment in NY, she kept up a busy schedule in NY, often going out in the evening to the movies, the opera and the theater. Only time will tell. Under court tradition, the most senior justice in the majority assigns the opinion for the court and the most senior justice among dissenters chooses who writes the main dissenting opinion. "I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court".

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