Kathleen Arberg, with the Supreme Court Office of Public Information put out a press release Friday announcing that Justice Ginsburg just completed three weeks of radiation therapy.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today completed a three-week course of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
The focused radiation treatment began on August 5 and was administered on an outpatient basis to treat a tumor on her pancreas. The abnormality was first detected after a routine blood test in early July, and a biopsy performed on July 31 at Sloan Kettering confirmed a localized malignant tumor.
As part of her treatment, a bile duct stent was placed. The Justice tolerated treatment well.
She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule. The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans. No further treatment is needed at this time.
This is the fourth time that the 86-year-old Supreme Court Justice has tangled with cancer. “Notorious RBG” underwent colon cancer treatment in 1999, then in 2009 she was treated for the first stages of her pancreatic cancer. Last December, two cancerous nodules were cut out of her left lung.
Everybody on both sides of the political aisle have been paying close attention to her health. Liberals are terrified that President Donald Trump will have a chance to select yet another conservative Supreme Court Justice. Especially considering that Ginsburg is one of the die-hard progressives.
For much of this year, there was rampant speculation that she might be dead, and the democrats were covering it up. That was recently debunked when she was spotted coming out of a Broadway theater after a production of “What The Constitution Means To Me.” She attended with fellow Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
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The same week, she was given an MTV Movie&TV Award for the “best real-life-hero.” She beat rock climber Alex Honnold, comedian Hannah Gadsby, wrestler Roman Reigns and tennis star Serena Williams. Ginsburg earned the award for the CNN bio-documentary “RBG,” not for her gangster rap album, “Notorious RBG In Song.”
Ginsburg remains optimistic about her health. Last month, she was asked about her plans for retirement. She’s hoping to stay on the job longer than Trump, if she can. “I’ve always said I’ll stay on this job as long as I can do it full steam. I was okay this last term. I expect to be okay next term and after that we’ll just have to see.”
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