US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces cancer resurgence, will not retire
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the US Supreme Court’s oldest member, has said she is receiving chemotherapy treatment for a recurrence of cancer but has no plans to retire.
Justice Ginsburg, 87, who spent time in the hospital this week for a possible infection, said her treatment so far has succeeded in reducing lesions on her liver and that she will continue chemotherapy sessions every two weeks.
“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 said in a statement released by the Supreme Court.
Justice Ginsberg had undergone a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital to clean a bile duct stent that was inserted last August.
She said recent hospitalisations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this cancer recurrence.
The health of Justice Ginsburg is closely watched because a Supreme Court vacancy could give Republican President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint a third justice to the nine-member court and move it further to the right.
The court currently has a 5-4 conservative majority including two justices appointed by Mr Trump — Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 and Neil Gorsuch in 2017.
Justice Ginsburg has experienced a number of health issues in recent years, including bouts with lung and pancreatic cancer.
In May, she underwent non-surgical treatment for a gallstone that had caused an infection.