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Ruth Bader Ginsberg had Two Cancerous Nodules Removed From Lung

Ruth Bader Ginsberg had Two Cancerous Nodules Removed From Lung

She is resting comfortably.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had surgery today to remove two cancerous nodules in her left lung.

The Supreme Court spokeswoman said doctors found “no evidence of any remaining disease” in the lungs or elsewhere in her body.

From Fox61:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.

She’s had surgeries in the past for colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancer.


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No matter how much I disagree with her decisions from the bench I wish her well.

If she passes the left will go absolutely nuts . expect violence.

Agree. I can smell the panic already. (Chortle)

    MattMusson in reply to Old Navy Doc. | December 21, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Would the Left trade a border Wall for guarantees about the next SCOTUS nominee?

      No. And no. Not a good trade-off, guaranteeing a Socialist-Democrat for the next 30 years, when she likely won’t make it past Trump if he is re-elected,is not a good deal. And we can’t trust Schmucky Schumer as far as this a while over 70 old fart can pick him up and throw him.

I want her off the bench though I do not wish her personal ill-will.

buckeyeminuteman | December 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

That old bird is never going to give up the ghost while Trump is POTUS. Her sole purpose in life now is to hang on and deny him a 3rd spot.

And the Progressive World holds its breath…

Eastwood Ravine | December 21, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Thought experiment: If a Republican-appointed Justice was reported to have gone through major surgery at 85 and was a two-time cancer survivor, how do you think the news coverage would be?

Everywhere leftists are screaming in panic because they don’t read the stories. Only the headlines.

On a more serious note……

It is my opinion that the moment she steps down from SCOTUS the Democrats will suddenly impeach President Trump and than say he can’t choose a replacement until after his trial in the Senate. They will than delay the trial as long as they can until the 2020 elections.

    Blueshot in reply to Blueshot. | December 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Correction: They will try to delay the trial as long as possible. Since they don’t control the Senate.

      More like she will try and hold on through early 2020, and the Senate “tradition” used to hold the seat open through the election will be used as it was in Scalia’s sad death. The open seat will be a major campaign issue and a progressive rally cry.

        Eastwood Ravine in reply to Leslie Eastman. | December 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        Let’s not kid ourselves, tradition is only a tradition until it’s not. The sooner the Senate GOP (and Trump) understands that the better. If RBG vacates her position of the Supreme Court, Trump should nominate her replacement even if it is a Presidential election year.

        oldgoat36 in reply to Leslie Eastman. | December 21, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        There were far too many questions raised with no satisfactory answers in Scalia’s death. If the Democrats ruled the Senate they can have their way. They don’t so, let them cry to their propaganda wing, like it makes one bit of difference. The left hates Republicans, nothing done by the Republicans which the National Socialists like will gain them credit. The Republicans need to wake up, get woke to the fact that we are at a huge divergence in this Country, so let the left pound salt. Though I don’t think she will be around much longer. I certainly won’t miss her rulings or her thoughts on the Constitution. She has chosen power over family or anything else in life to hold on to that power. I won’t mourn her going to answer for her sins in this world.

        Did McConnell once articulate a distinction, saying that the tradition you mention applies only when the president and the senate majority are from different political parties?

          Eastwood Ravine in reply to Rick. | December 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm

          The tradition, distilled to its essence, can be interpreted: A lame duck POTUS’s nomination to the Supreme Court may not be given consideration before the Senate, and shall not be considered before the Senate controlled by the opposition party.

          It all hinges on who and what defines what lame duck means. Obama was certainly in his final two years. Is a president running for reelection a lame duck? No.

      stablesort in reply to Blueshot. | December 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      If Trump were all that the progressives claim he is, he’d nominate her replacement today.

Someone upstairs really doesn’t want her down here does he:)

She is Mephistopheles, mere mortal failings won’t fell her.

She could drop dead and the D’rats will pretend that she’s fine. It worked after Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, and it can work again. Chief Justice Roberts would doubtless go along with it.

RBG’s votes are nothing if not predictable; it’s hardly necessary that she actually cast them.

She will be the new Francisco Franco… maintained on life support if need be till her Progressive replacement is assured. Two cancerous growths in the same lung… if lung cancer.. is a T3 staging but with no mention of any lymph nodes or distant spread. 50-50 chance of making it 15 months and 14% chance to 5 years, but at here age… the tip off will be chemotherapy and/or radiation. That is if not mets from somewhere else. She will hang in there as this is her real contribution to the Party, the Cause, and Feminism. Her suffering will be enshrined. I wouldn’t expect anything less.

    Except every news piece that I have seen has stated that she is not expecting to undergo radiation or chemotherapy, and that the pulmonary lobectomy itself was sufficient to excise the malignancy.

    It’s AWFULLY lucky for her that she fell exactly when she did, otherwise she likely never would have discovered this until it would have spread and become either untreatable entirely, or the treatment would have been job-ending in and of itself.

DieJustAsHappy | December 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Justice Ginsburg “had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to treat colorectal cancer in 1999.” In 2009, at 75 years of age, she “had her spleen and part of her pancreas removed.” A “lesion turned out to be benign, but Ginsburg’s surgeon … found a smaller, previously unidentified tumor which was malignant.” The cancer was found to be stage 1. Now, at age 85, she has had a lobe removed from a lung.

With such a survival record, I venture that the vultures hovering in the branches don’t bother her in the least.

    alaskabob in reply to DieJustAsHappy. | December 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Multiple malignancies … immune system is not up to snuff. However, this time it is a different ballgame. That said… she is a tough old bird even for vultures.

    One year tops.

      I wouldn’t make predictions. It depends entirely on the exact type and circumstances of the malignancy, the exact nature of the cells, the intrusion into the lung tissue, the exact location of the removal, the skill of the surgeon removing the malignancy, and a whole lot of other data that we just don’t have.

      If the Surgeon was accurate, and all existing malignancy was excised, she could easily live for another 15 years.

      That being said, three separate forms of cancer in 20 years does suggest a compromised immune system. I would guess that she is VERY cognizant of anybody that so much as sneezes around her.

        alaskabob in reply to Chuck Skinner. | December 22, 2018 at 10:13 pm

        She has a less than 15% chance of making it 5 years if she was in better shape. Never mentioned size of lesions… but T3 is T3.

          And according to the statistics I should be dead twice by now, based on my health history.

          Statistics are simply statistics. They’re an easy way to categorize large volumes of data and make general predictions regarding outcomes based on averages of the circumstances. In this instance, unless there is something that says “there is a 100% fatality rate by X date” then making a guess is simply a guess (and even then, she could be the exception that changes the record).

          An individual is an individual. While the statistics are useful in making a guess regarding that individual, that individual’s specific circumstances, actions, choices in treatment and personality are going to determine the actual outcome. She may be able to simply WILL herself to keep living.

          I can say with certainty that barring some quantum advance in health-care that Notorious RBG will be in the ground by 2043 (when she would be 110), but prior to that, making any prediction is simply someone’s guess.

Its really a shame, RBG should spend what time she has left with her family.

Assuming Buzzis preferred method for health care being in place any 85 year old would be lucky to get a handful of aspirins If he she had the conditions Buzzi has. So just can barely believe she is not dying gracefully – on the cheap – like she would want an 85 yr old joe blow to do under the same conditions .

Humphrey's Executor | December 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

All too often justices stay way beyond their sell-by date.

Now I understand what Obama’s Hope thing was all about.

Highly intelligent social justice warrior, lacking in one thing: Judgment.
Give her kudos in sexual equality fight back in the day, but there is no hope that she will exercise good judgment and leave the court at age 85 when in ill health and barely able to stay awake.
Good example of what the left believes is “bi-partisan” She and the three other liberals vote as a block in every single case and when someone else joins them, it is bi-partisan.