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Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces cancer recurrence

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, age 87, said on Friday that she is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a resurgence of cancer.

Justice Ginsburg said she is "fully able" to continue serving on the Court. Earlier this week, Ginsburg was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore following the development of a fever and chills. She underwent "an endoscopic procedure to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August," and Ginsburg's health has been a political hot topic for some time due to consistent health issues.


Ginsburg said her cancer treatment is unrelated to this week's incident.


“Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information,” Ginsburg said in the statement.


Ginsburg was also in the hospital in early May. At that time, she participated in oral arguments from her hospital bed, asking questions in a case concerning Obamacare's so-called contraceptive mandate.


Friday's statement indicates that the pancreatic cancer Ginsburg was treated for in 2009 has returned again, this time in her liver, and that she tried one of the new immunotherapies for cancer, but it failed to shrink the tumors.


“I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine,” Ginsburg, the Court's oldest justice, said.

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