WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States of Liberals. Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week radiation therapy course to treat an cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokesman said Friday.
The 86-year-old justice suffered age, which had previously scares cancer, the therapy was good and did not want any other treatment, spokesman Kathy Arberg said in a statement.
Abnormality was detected for the first time in July, and the tumor was identified after a biopsy made on 31 July at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
“She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but she is keeping an active schedule otherwise,” said Arberg.
“The tumor was treated decisively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” said the spokesman.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat and prognosis can be bleak. According to the Columbia Pancreatic Center website at Columbia University Medical Center Irving in New York, the percentage of people still living five years after diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is not spread over the pancreas than 27.1%
Two nerve cancers in his left lung were reached in December by Ginsburg, who entered court in 1993. Previously she was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.
In January, she lost oral arguments for the first time in her long career on the court. As the oldest justice, she is closely watching any signs of deteriorating health.
Ginsburg, appointed by the Democratic President of Bill Clinton in 1993, broke three ribs falling in November. The modules on his lung were found as part of the tests that occurred after the fall of justice.
She returned to the bench in February and became an active participant in the other oral arguments of the term of the court, which ended in June. The court is currently pausing until October.
If Ginsburg, one of the four liberal judges of the nine members, was unable to continue to serve, he could be replaced by Republican President Donald Trump and the court translated nicely. Trump has sent two judges since he became president in January 2017, confirming his conservative majority 5-4.
During the second term of Democratic President Barack Obama, Ginsburg accepted calls from several Liberals that she resigned to allow the president to appoint a representative, thus avoiding the possibility of a Republican filling his seat.
Ginsburg is a cult figure among the US liberals.
Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Andrew Chung; edited by Richard Chang and Jonathan Oatis
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