Ginsburg hospitalized again for 'minimally invasive' procedure

Clay Curtis
July 31, 2020

Justice Ginsburg is hospitalized for procedure...

The 87-year-old Ginsburg, the oldest justice of the nine-member court, was "resting comfortably" after having a bile duct stent - inserted in August - "revised" using endoscopy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY, the court said.

The 87-year-old liberal icon was undergoing a "minimally invasive non-surgical procedure" in a NY hospital, the country's highest judicial body said in a statement.

The court's press office said that the justice was resting comfortably and expected to be released by the end of the week.

The stent was originally placed in August 2019 when she was treated for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas. The liberal justice, who has had four earlier bouts with cancer, said her treatment so far has succeeded in reducing lesions on her liver.

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The justice announced after that hospitalization that she is undergoing chemotherapy for liver cancer.

She was also hospitalized in November after being admitted for chills and a fever.

Despite her health issues, Ginsburg was active during the court's term this year, which ended in July.

Earlier this month, Ginsburg said that she was being treated for a recurrence of cancer but will remain on the court.

She plans to do her job full steam ahead as long as she's capable, the justice said. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader in the Senate, has said he will not hesitate to push through a replacement nominated by President Donald Trump should Ginsburg die or step down, no matter how close to the election.

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