Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Surgery for Lung Cancer

"Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days", the court said in a statement. The Supreme Court said "there was no evidence of any remaining disease".

Scans performed at the medical facility showed the 85-year-old showed no signs of disease in the body and no more treatment is planned.

A lobectomy refers to the removal of a single lobe in the lung.

Ginsburg was treated for colorectal cancer in 1999, and pancreatic cancer was discovered at a very early stage 10 years later.

The justice has not missed a Supreme Court argument in over 25 years. The next arguments to be heard are slated for January 7.

It's a blessing in disguise that they were found - and were able to be removed during the early stages.

If there is cancer in the lymph nodes, then chemo would likely be prescribed, he said.

Ginsburg's legal career was the subject of a documentary released this year, and her recent popularity also spurred a feature film. Unfortunately, fears of Ginsburg's ailing health are highly political due to the implications her departure from the Supreme Court will have on the future of America, namely in allowing Trump to appoint his third justice to the high court.

The procedure, a pulmonary lobectomy, in which a lobe of the lung containing the nodules is removed from the patient, has a high success rate in cases in which lung cancer is caught early.

The growths were found during tests Ginsburg had after she fractured ribs in a fall on November 7.

"Her surgeon is one of the best in the country".

The procedure was done on December 21, the Supreme Court confirmed in a statement.

Ginsburg is known for returning to work quickly after injuries and surgeries. She attended an event at the White House honoring the late justice Antonin Scalia, and was at the Washington opening of a movie based on her life before she became a justice.

McCain's remarks are noteworthy considering her own experience as the family member of a prominent official who faced struggles with his health, but she wasn't the only one to jump on O'Reilly's message.

President Donald Trump tweeted his well wishes to Ginsburg on Friday night, writing that he wished her "a full and speedy recovery!"

She has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans now to retire.

Her sharp dissenting opinions as the court moves increasingly to the right has cemented her status as a legal and pop culture feminist icon, decades after her 1973 Supreme Court victory opened the door for equal protection rights for women.

  • Rogelio Becker