US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had two cancerous growths removed from her lungs.
Registered Democrat Ginsburg previously served as an appeals court judge, achieving her vast success despite facing sexism when she began her legal career during the 1960s.
The 85 year-old lawmaker underwent a surgical procedure called a pulmonary lobectomy at a Manhattan hospital Friday, a Supreme Court statement said.
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There is no standardized process for Supreme Court justices to make disclosures as to their health, and the justices themselves are sometimes imprecise about their ailments or overall well-being. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. Medical terminology can be confusing, and it's left us all wondering: Does the Notorious RBG have cancer?
She is expected to remain hospitalized for a few days. "Updates will be provided as they become available", the Court said in a statement. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.
It is Bader Ginsburg's third treatment for cancer since she joined the court in 1993. A few days later, she issues an apology and says the remarks were inappropriate for a judge to make.
She did her residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and completed a fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, according to her biography.
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"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".