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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday morning for early stage lung cancer, the Supreme Court confirmed in a statement.
According to the court’s public information office, Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7,” read the statement.
The statement also said that both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. However, “post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease,” the statement continued. “Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”
Currently, no further treatment is planned for 85-year-old Ginsburg, who is “resting comfortably” and is expected to remain at the hospital for a few more days. Ginsburg previously beat cancer twice; she was treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.
Her latest bout with the disease comes after she was hospitalized in November for falling at her court office, during which she fractured three ribs. Her injury had a slight impact on the promotion of On the Basis of Sex, the new biopic about the beloved judge’s early career, starring Felicity Jones.
Ginsburg — who was also the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary RBG, released earlier this year — was set to participate in several On the Basis of Sex screenings and panels, but was unable to do so because of the fall. She finally made it out to a screening on Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C., where she posed for photos with Jones, along with Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux, who also star in the film.
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