Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Receiving Chemo Treatment for 'Recurrence of Cancer'

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in a statement Friday she is undergoing chemotherapy treatments to treat a "recurrence of cancer."

Ginsburg, 87, said in the statement she began treatment May 19 after a biopsy showed she had lesions on her liver.

"Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information," Ginsburg said.

She said a July 7 scan showed there was a "significant reduction" in her liver lesions "and no new disease."

"I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine," Ginsburg said, adding, "I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work."

Ginsburg also indicated that she is "fully able" to continue her capacity as a member of the Supreme Court.

The justice was recently hospitalized at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to treat a possible infection, according to a July 14 press release.

"She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. [Monday night] after experiencing fever and chills. She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August," the press release said. Ginsburg was released Wednesday to her home after it was originally stated she would spend "a few days" in the hospital.

Ginsburg was also hospitalized in May to treat a benign gallbladder condition, which she stated Wednesday had nothing to do with her cancer. A press release at the time stated justice was able to participate in oral arguments through teleconference during her hospital stay.

Ginsburg has had four bouts with cancer in the past. She underwent radiation therapy last year to treat a tumor in her pancreas. Ginsburg had two nodules removed from her left lung in 2018 that were found to be malignant after doctors repaired three ribs she fractured when she fell in her office.

In 2009, Ginsburg had a tumor surgically removed from her pancreas that was found to be malignant and in 1999 she had her sigmoid colon removed due to Stage 2 colon cancer.

Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the Supreme Court, followed by Stephen Breyer who is 81.

Newsweek reached out to the Supreme Court for comment, but did not receive a response back in time for publication.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at The Library of Congress on February 14 in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg revealed she is undergoing chemotherapy treatements for a recurrence of cancer. Getty/Shannon Finney