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Posted: December 21, 2018

What is pulmonary lobectomy? Surgery Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. File photo. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Alex Wong/Getty Images
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. File photo. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was treated for lung cancer, undergoing a pulmonary lobectomy Friday to remove two malignant growths on her left lung, court officials said.

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Doctors determined after her surgery there was “no evidence of any remaining disease,” court officials said.

Just what is a pulmonary lobectomy? 

The lungs have sections called lobes. There are three lobes on the right and two on the left. A lobectomy is a surgery to remove one or more of those lobes, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine

It is a common treatment option for lung cancer, especially if the growth is contained to one part of the lung, according to Moffitt Cancer Center.

The surgical procedure can be done by opening the chest cavity or by using the less-invasive video-assisted method.

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The lobes are removed to prevent further spread of disease, typically tuberculosis or certain types of lung cancer. 

“After the procedure, many patients find that their lungs work just as well or better than they did before,” according to Moffitt Cancer Center.

When Ginsburg was hospitalized after breaking her ribs in November, doctors at George Washington University Hospital discovered a pair of nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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

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.

>> Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from hospital after fall

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.

>> What is pulmonary lobectomy? Surgery Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent

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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