Ruth Bader Ginsburg Battles Cancer For The Fifth Time

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but has no plans to leave the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg, 87 who has had cancer four times including pancreatic cancer last year, said her treatment so far has succeeded in reducing lesions on her liver and she will continue chemotherapy sessions every two weeks “to keep my cancer at bay.”

“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that,” Ginsburg said in a statement issued by the court.

Ginsburg’s history with cancer goes back more than 20 years. In addition to being treated without surgery for a tumor on her pancreas last year, she also underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999, pancreatic cancer in 2009 and lung cancer in December 2018.

Ginsburg, who was appointed to the bench by President Clinton in 1993, is the senior liberal justice on a court that leans conservative by a 5-4 margin. Her departure before the election could give President Donald Trump an opportunity to shift the court further to the right.

to shift the court further to the right

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