US Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg appears cancer free after surgery

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In late December, she underwent a procedure to remove cancerous growths from her lungs, and the doctors stated they saw "no evidence of any remaining disease". On Friday, the Supreme Court reported the 85-year-old justice had no remaining signs of cancer following surgery last month.

Kathy Arberg said Ginsburg will read briefs and transcripts from the cases from home and stay up to date on court business. In 1999, Ginsburg underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, and 10 years later she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer. She also has broken ribs on at least two occasions.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Ginsburg slammed Trump and called him a "faker", an unusual move for a Supreme Court justice.

Until Monday, she hadn't missed oral arguments she was confirmed to join the court after Bill Clinton's nomination of her in 1993.

The White House "is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process", said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. The pulmonary lobectomy was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY.

"She was a groundbreaking pioneer who understood that laws needed to change as well as culture, and made it her entire career doing just that", says Armie Hammer, who plays Bader Ginsburg's supportive husband Marty. "She's barely two weeks out", Dr. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, told CNBC.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for the official photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on November 30, 2018.

She has otherwise said that she "will do this job as long as [she] can do it full steam". She is expected to work on cases from home next week before returning to the Supreme Court.

After the knock-down, drag-out confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh almost tore the nation asunder, the White House and Senate are preparing for another, potentially even more divisive, showdown. "She even wore her collar the day after Donald Trump's presidential election win to showcase her disapproval of the results".

The necklace reportedly landed in Ginsburg's famous collar collection after she received it in the VIP gift bag at Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" gala that year.

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