The U.S. Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a tumour on her pancreas. The treatment, done as an outpatient, included the placement of a bile duct stent.
Ginsburg canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, but has been active otherwise. In 1999, she successfully underwent surgery to treat colon cancer.
"I'm now 85", she said in August, according to CNN.
Agus also said that the statement that the tumor had been treated "definitively" means it was treated "with the hope that they could cure it". But Ginsburg has undergone regular screening because of her past cancer, and hers may have been caught very early, he said.
When Trump was deliberating previous year over replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the president told a number of people of his plan for Barrett, Axios reported.
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It is the fourth time that the justice has announced that she has been treated for cancer. She underwent surgery to have two malignant modules removed from her left lung in December. The court said that no further treatment is needed, but that the justice, 86, will have blood tests and scans periodically.
US Supreme Court justices are appointed for life.
Ginsburg was hospitalized in November 2018 after fracturing three ribs when she fell in her office.
"Justice Ginsburg is unable to be present today, but will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments", Chief Justice John Roberts said from the bench, according to an emailed statement.
Chief among the doomsday sayers is left-wing filmmaker/propagandist Michael Moore, who went ballistic on Twitter in response to the news, challenging everyone to "work nonstop" until the 2020 election to avoid the prospect of Trump securing Ginsburg's seat for a conservative justice.
She has refused to retire from her role, once saying in an interview: "As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here". Under court tradition, the most senior justice in the majority assigns the opinion for the court and the most senior justice among dissenters chooses who writes the main dissenting opinion.