Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court Justice has cancer again

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but says she has no intention of retiring.

Ms Ginsburg, who at 87 is the court’s oldest member, said a scan in February, followed by a biopsy, revealed lesions on her liver.

The information she revealed about her condition indicated she was experiencing a spread of pancreatic cancer, according to oncologists.

The liberal’s health is closely watched as a Supreme Court vacancy could give Republican President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint his third justice and move the panel further to the right.

Ms Ginsburg said she began her treatment in May and is currently seeing “positive results”, adding that she will continue it twice a week.

She said: “I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment.”

“I have often said I would remain a member of the court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that,” she continued.

She experienced bouts with lung cancer in 2018 and pancreatic cancer in 2019, for which she also received treatment in 2009 – and suffered with colon cancer 10 years before that.

In May, Ms Ginsburg also underwent non-surgical treatment for a gallstone that had caused an infection.

The Supreme Court currently has a 5-4 conservative majority including two justices appointed by Mr Trump – Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 and Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

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