Ruth Bader Ginsberg has her third bout with cancer

Well, the toughest Justice on the Supreme Court just had another bout with cancer—her third.  And, like the other two, it seems to be curable. (Pancreatic cancer, which she had 9 years ago, is almost always fatal, and kills quickly.) Click on the screenshot to see the CNN report.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung Friday at a New York hospital, the Supreme Court announced.

There is no evidence of any remaining disease, says a court spokesperson, nor is there evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.

The 85-year-old justice was hospitalized last month after a fall in her office, in which she fractured three ribs.

In 1999, Ginsburg underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, and 10 years later she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer.

The senior-most liberal justice, Ginsburg has said that she’ll continue to serve on the Supreme Court as long as she’s able to do the job.

“I said I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” Ginsburg said Sunday during an interview following a New York City screening of “On the Basis of Sex,” a feature film about her years as a young lawyer.

Only Ceiling Cat can determine when her time has come, but I hope she’s around until we get a Democratic President in two years . . .


  1. GBJames
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Please, Ceiling Cat, lend her a few of your extra lives!

    • Mark
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 8:37 pm | Permalink


      • Mike
        Posted December 22, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink


  2. Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I have been battling cancer for the last two months (and at 43 I am only just over half RBG’s age!). My best wishes to her, but from personal experience a full recovery if it comes at all will not come quickly – I am still on any sensible reckoning quite seriously ill, although getting daily stronger.

    • Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Best wishes to you as well!

      • JezGrove
        Posted December 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm | Permalink


        • Mike
          Posted December 22, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink

          Same here.

      • Mark R.
        Posted December 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm | Permalink


    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear – I hope you recover as best as you can. I was 44 when I got cancer. I’m 48 now.

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted December 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

        Best wishes Thomas!

    • Diane G
      Posted December 22, 2018 at 2:17 am | Permalink

      Best wishes, Thomas!

  3. Simon Hayward
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    “Almost invariably” fatal might be a better description of pancreatic cancer. There is a small group of long-term survivors.

    I wish her, and everyone else so afflicted, the best in treatment and outcomes.

  4. Jim batterson
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Katy tur said this afternoon that she and justice ginsberg were on the same flight to new york last night and that the justice walked on and off theflight, had coffee and worked on some papers the whole flight. Katy said she did not look like someone who was coming into town for next day surgery. Amazing seriousness and focus at any age.

    • Posted December 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      First class, I hope. And red carpets, and attendants wafting her with a feathered fan while her feet are up on a tasseled foot-rest. This I want for her.

      • Mark
        Posted December 21, 2018 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

        Not to mention the 8 young men carrying her aloft in a Sedan Chair. The world will spring for the elephants and musical accompaniment.

  5. CAS
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I hope she survives and gets better. Another Trump justice would corrupt the court for decades, turning it into a political tool of the far right.

  6. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Hang in there. We are only one judge away from the 18th century.

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Any organ I’ve got two of, RBG can have one of, should it keep her healthy and happy and serving on the bench.

  8. Posted December 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    A lobectomy was done, according to CNN. But she is described as recovering very quickly.

  9. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Is it a new cancer or a metastatic cancer as many cancers metastasize to the lung and treatment is different for a metastatic vs new cancer.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      Oh it appears to be a new cancer. That’s a better prognosis then. Three new cancers. Ugh. I live in eternal fear of getting cancer again & I had just “cancer lite ™”

  10. BJ
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    OK, we need to wrap Justice Ginsberg in bubble wrap, give her every anti-any-disease-in-the-world medication, and move her from place to place on a hand truck until Trump is out of office. We can’t take any chances.

    Pancreatic cancer is one of if not the most deadly. It’s amazing they detected that early enough ten years ago to cure it.

    • BJ
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      I pray to the Great Ceiling Cat in the Sky that Ginsburg makes it through Trump, and well beyond. She’s the kind of gal that deserves to be alive at 105, still sharp as a whip and telling stories and giving lectures.

  11. Les Faby
    Posted December 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Previously, she had the rare, “lucky(???)” kind of pancreatic cancer. The common type is in the head end of the organ. The rare kind is on the tail end, the area where insulin is produced. People think all pancreatic cancers are fatal because her type is rare.

  12. Veroxitatis
    Posted December 23, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Meanwhile, the President of the UK Supreme Court, the Baroness Hale of Richmond who was appointed to the position in September of last year has a maximum period if just 13 months left to serve before automatic retiral 75. She benefited from earlier legislation one of the last so to do. Her successor will have to retire at 70.

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