“On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy … to treat a recurrence of cancer,” she wrote in a statement made public Friday. “A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver.” She said that her hospitalization this week to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to the recurrence.
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“Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful,” Ginsburg wrote. “The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information.”
Ginsburg, 87, is the second longest serving justice on the court, after Clarence Thomas. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed in 1993.
She said that her most recent scan on July 7 “indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease.” She said that she will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy treatment, but is able to continue an “active daily routine.”
Ginsburg wrote that “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.”
The court said earlier this week that she was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Tuesday for the treatment of a possible infection. The court said that she underwent an endoscopic procedure to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August. She was released the next day.
Last summer, Ginsburg was treated for a tumor on her pancreas, and went through a three-week course of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She had surgery in 2009 related to pancreatic cancer and went through surgery and treatments for colon cancer in 1999.
“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the court said at the time.
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