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Posted: December 26, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after cancer surgery

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What You Need To Know: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released Tuesday from a New York hospital after undergoing surgery Friday to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, court officials said.

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Update 9:15 a.m. EST Dec. 26: In a statement obtained by CNN, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Ginsburg was recuperating at home Wednesday after being released from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Original report: In a statement, officials said Ginsburg, 85, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy Friday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.


The incident marked Ginsburg’s third bout with cancer since 1993, when she joined the Supreme Court, according to The Associated Press.

Doctors at George Washington University Hospital discovered a pair of nodules in the lower lobe of Ginsburg’s left lung in November, when the Supreme Court justice was hospitalized after breaking three ribs in a fall at her office.

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After Friday’s surgery, doctors determined there was “no evidence of any remaining disease,” Supreme Court officials said. Scans performed before the surgery showed no evidence of cancerous growths or other disease elsewhere in Ginsburg’s body and no further treatment was immediately planned, official said.

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Ginsburg was expected to remain hospitalized for a few days in the wake of Friday’s surgery.

The justice, who leads the court’s liberal wing, is the eldest person on the Supreme Court. She previously underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, according to the AP.


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for the court's official portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court building November 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.


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