Ruth Bader Ginsburg has two malignant growths removed from lung

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On Friday, the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery to have cancerous growths removed from her lungs at a NY hospital.

Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in NY performed a lobectomy, removing one of the five lobes of the lung.

"The court says doctors found "no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body".

The most senior justice on the Supreme Court's liberal wing has previously had surgery to treat colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg has said that she'll continue to serve on the Supreme Court as long as she's able to do the job. As Ginsburg does not have a history of smoking, he said a lung cancer diagnosis was unlikely.

"This is just luck" that the growths were found through those rib X-rays because accidentally discovered lung tumors tend to be early-stage when surgery works best, said Dr. Giuseppe Giaccone, an oncologist at Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Democrats reeling from the Supreme Court nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch hoped for continued health for the existing judges.

Nina Totenberg left and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Nina Totenberg left and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The 85 year-old lawmaker underwent a surgical procedure called a pulmonary lobectomy at a Manhattan hospital Friday, a Supreme Court statement said.

It comes as Ginsburg, a former litigator for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is recovering from three rib fractures she suffered after falling down in her office on November 7.

She then studied law, first at Harvard and then Columbia University, at a time when the profession was nearly exclusively male.

Ginsburg is one of the four liberal members of the Supreme Court, and is somewhat of an icon among progressives. Join me in praying for RBG to have a speedy and healthy recovery - we are Christians, aren't we Bill?' She responded.

Recovery after a lobectomy typically requires three to six days in the hospital. The next set of arguments is scheduled for January 7.

Among other health problems, she also broke two ribs in a fall in 2012 and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

According to a news release from the court, the nodules were detected by physicians during tests performed last month at George Washington University Hospital.

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