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Ruth Bader Ginsburg health news sends Twitter into another panic

She's beat cancer twice already.


Ellen Ioanes


Posted on Dec 21, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:55 pm CDT

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone surgery to remove one of the lobes of her lung after doctors found cancerous nodules, according to a statement from the Supreme Court.

“According to the thoracic surgeon Valerie Rusch, 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,” the statement read.

The cancer was found after Ginsburg fell in November, fracturing three ribs.

Predictably, liberal Twitter users were jarred by the news.

Some have offered organ transplants.

Others just freaked out.

Plenty of conservatives chimed in with well-wishes, despite political disagreements.

Ginsburg has twice beaten cancer; in 1999 she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and in 2009, pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg’s prognosis is good, barring complications from surgery or lymph node involvement. If the cancer has affected the lymph nodes, Ginsburg’s chances of being cancer-free five years down the road drop from 80 percent to as low as 40 percent, according to cancer specialists who spoke with NPR.

Even if she remains cancer-free, Ginsburg is 85 years old. Although she has said she has no intention to step down, her time on the bench is limited. If she retires in the next two years, President Donald Trump is certain to appoint a conservative justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, which is why so many liberals panic at news like this. 

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2018, 1:41 pm CST