Jus­tice Gins­burg can­cer-free after surgery

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Fri­day that Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg’s re­cov­ery from lung can­cer surgery is on track and that post­surgery tests found “no ev­i­dence of re­main­ing dis­ease.”

The re­as­sur­ing re­port on the 85-year-old jus­tice is in line with the state­ments issued after her surgery on Dec. 21. Her doc­tors said then that a lobe with two ma­lig­nant nod­ules had been re­moved from her lung but that they saw no ev­i­dence of fur­ther dis­ease and no fur­ther treat­ment was planned.

Kathy Ar­berg, the court’s spokes­woman, said the same in a state­ment on Fri­day. “Post-surgery eval­u­a­tion in­di­cates no ev­i­dence of re­main­ing dis­ease, and no fur­ther treat­ment is re­quired,” she said.

At the time of her surgery, med­i­cal ex­perts said the nor­mal re­cov­ery time would be four to six weeks. But when Gins­burg did not ap­pear at the court Mon­day for oral ar­gu­ments, her ab­sence trig­gered some spec­u­la­tion that her con­di­tion might be more dire than re­ported.

Fri­day’s up­date ap­peared in­tended to counter spec­u­la­tion that fur­ther tests had raised con­cerns about her re­cov­ery.

The court is sched­uled to hear an­other round of ar­gu­ments next week, and then go on a mid-winter re­cess for sev­eral weeks.

“Jus­tice Gins­burg will con­tinue to work from home next week and will par­tic­i­pate in the con­sid­er­a­tion and decision of the cases on the ba­sis of the briefs and the tran­scripts of oral ar­gu­ments,” the court said.

In the past, jus­tices re­cov­er­ing from ill­ness or surgery have on oc­ca­sion par­tic­i­pated in de­ci­sions even if they could not be in the court to hear the oral ar­gu­ment.

Un­til this month, how­ever, Gins­burg had a record of never miss­ing an oral ar­gu­ment de­spite hav­ing un­der­gone surgery on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

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