Ginsburg undergoes lung cancer surgery

Ginsburg undergoes lung cancer surgery

By Geoff West   
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has served on the nation's highest court for more than two decades. (Supreme Court photo)

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Friday after two cancerous growths were discovered and removed from her lungs, according to the court’s public information office.

No other tumors were found in her body, and the 85-year-old justice is expected to make a full recovery following the surgery at a New York hospital, according to the court.

The growths were discovered while undergoing treatment for a rib injury. Ginsberg, the court’s senior-most member, fractured her ribs after a fall last month.

Here is a statement released Friday by the court:

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.”

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