Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has reportedly just completed weeks radiation treatment for localized cancer in her pancreas, according to NPR.
According to the outlet’s report, the treatment was an outpatient course administered at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, according to the U.S. Supreme Court disclosure on Friday.
“The radiation therapy, conducted on an outpatient basis, began Aug. 5, shortly after a localized cancerous tumor was discovered on Ginsburg’s pancreas,” NPR reported. “The treatment included the insertion of a stent in Ginsburg’s bile duct, according to a statement issued by the court.”
The doctors at Sloan Kettering have reportedly assured the high court justice that there is no evidence that the disease has taken up residence in any other part of the body, despite this treatment coming just months after her treatment for lung cancer in December.
“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,” a statement from the Supreme Court read. “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.”
Press release on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
"The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body." pic.twitter.com/1XoZJFtFcd
— AnnaMaria Di Pietro (@AnnaMariaDP) August 23, 2019
The Supreme Court is slated to begin its upcoming term on the first Monday of October, but it’s common for the justices to begin work in September.
According to NPR, the eldest Supreme Court justice was interviewed by one of their journalists, and joked about some of her haters who thought she was on her way out:
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months,” Ginsburg said according to NPR. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I,” she added with a smile, “am very much alive.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.