U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Ginsburg has surgery to remove cancerous nodules from left lung

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ABA Journal file photo by Sam Kittner.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery on Friday to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung.

Ginsburg, 85, is resting comfortably and is expected to remain hospitalized for a few days, according to a Supreme Court press release. There is no evidence of disease elsewhere in Ginsburg’s body, and no further treatment is planned.

The nodules were discovered during tests at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat three ribs that Ginsburg had fractured in a Nov. 7 fall.

Her surgery on Friday is known as a pulmonary lobectomy. The operation was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Publications with coverage include CNN, the Washington Post, Politico and the New York Times.

Most lung cancer patients survive the disease if it’s caught early, according to Politico.

Ginsburg survived colon and pancreatic cancer and had heart stent surgery in 2014 to open a blockage in a coronary artery.

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