Surgery for Ruth Bader Ginsburg


According to CNBC, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery Friday 21 December 2018 to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung. Reportedly she is resting comfortably now after the surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and there is no remaining evidence of disease/ no further treatment planned.

Doctors discovered two lumps in the lower lobe of her left lung during tests she received after fracturing her ribs. She sustained three rib fractures after falling in her office on 7 November. Both nodules were found to be malignant during an initial evaluation and Justice Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy to remove them.


According to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center website a lobectomy is the most common operation for non-small cell lung cancer. It is the best treatment for "isolated lung cancer in an otherwise healthy patient".


According to The New York Times Justice Ginsburg was treated for cancer two times prior to this occasion; once for colorectal cancer in 1999 and once for pancreatic cancer in 2009. Additionally this represents the 2nd time she has broken her ribs, the other time was in 2012. Lastly, The New York Times reported she underwent heart surgery in 2014 where she had a stent placed in her right coronary artery after she experienced discomfort during routine exercise.


The Guardian Newspaper indicates she has a vigorous workout routine that helps her stay in tip top condition. Her workout includes chest presses, leg curls, pull-downs and cable rows, as well as push-ups and planks during hour-long workout sessions.


In a 2013 The New York Times interview she said she loved her work and intended to continue “as long as I can do the job full-steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable.”

Ginsburg was nominated to the top court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, becoming the second female on the top court's bench. Justice Ginsburg is considered Labral leaning on the nine-member court that is divided 5-4 among Republican and Democratic nominees. A sixth justice nominated by a Republican would further cement the bench's conservative majority.

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