• Isaac Cary

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Battling Cancer Once Again


On Friday morning 87 year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg publicly stated that her pancreatic cancer has returned. Ginsburg has been undergoing chemotherapy since May of this year. She has continued to call in from her hospital bed to hear cases brought before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has confirmed her recent hospitalization in Baltimore is unrelated to her chemotherapy.


Justice Ginsburg has had ongoing issues with cancer, stretching from 1999 to the present day:

  • 1999 - Colon cancer and respective treatment

  • 2009 - First treatment for pancreatic cancer

  • 2018 - Tumors removed from a lung

  • 2019 - Radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer

  • 2020 - Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer


Ginsburg has been a person of interest on a national stage due to her liberal ideologies and health issues. A third Supreme Court appointment by the Trump Administration has the potential to greatly affect the upcoming election in November, making Ginsburg's current status as a liberal Justice all the more paramount.


Throughout all of this, Justice Ginsburg has maintained that she is "fully able" to continue her work as a Supreme Court Justice, and her treatments are yielding "positive results."


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's full Friday statement:

"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."
"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."
"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."

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Isaac Cary is a Breaking News Correspondent for The National Times

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