U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized at least three times last year for various illnesses.
Back in August, the oldest serving justice announced that she had begun treatments for pancreatic cancer.
Now, Ginsburg has confirmed the rumors and revealed this week that she is cancer-free.
“I’m cancer-free. That’s good,” Ginsburg told CNN’s Joan Biskupic.
Last year at this time, Ginsburg was recovering from lung cancer surgery and missed several weeks at the court. She finished out the term in June.
Soon after, she discovered a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, which was treated in August, and she resumed her active schedule.
Sounding energized and speaking animatedly, she told CNN on Tuesday that her year was off to a fine start: “I’m cancer free. That’s good.”
While most are glad to hear that she’s cancer-free and wish her nothing but the best, Ginsburg’s long history of illnesses is concerning.
Back in November, Ginsburg fell ill and was hospitalized after being treated for a possible infection.
Before that, Ginsburg missed oral arguments before the Court after she reportedly come down with another illness, this time it was a “stomach bug.”
She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Johns Hopkins for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection.
Last summer, Ginsburg completed three weeks of radiation therapy at a New York City hospital to treat a malignant tumor on her pancreas.
An abnormality was detected in early July during a routine blood test, and a subsequent biopsy revealed the tumor.
The 86-year-old liberal liberal icon began radiation treatments on Aug. 5 and received treatment as an outpatient.
Despite several health challenges and major surgeries over the years to remove cancerous nodes, Ginsburg said she doesn’t think she should step down from the Supreme Court.
In December of 2018, the 85-year-old Justice had surgery to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung, forcing her to miss almost a month of oral arguments on the Supreme Court.
In 2009, she had surgery for pancreatic cancer and missed time from the Supreme Court during her recovery.
Back in 1999, Ginsburg had colorectal cancer that required nine months of chemotherapy.
While many have wished nothing but the best for Ginsburg, it’s clear that her health issues have gotten worse.
And the fact that she still continues to suffer from so many health scares has many asking if it’s time for RBG to retire.