By Daniel M | August 23, 2019

It has just been reported that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently treated for a malignant tumor on her pancreas.

Daily Caller reported that this was revealed by MSNBC’s Pete Williams on “MSNBC Live.”

“She had outpatient radiation treatment that began August 5th to treat a tumor on her pancreas,” Williams said. “The court says that this abnormality was first detected after a routine blood test in early July. A biopsy was performed in late July at Sloan Kettering and confirmed what the court describes as a localized malignant tumor, and as part of the treatment, a bile stent was placed.”

“The court says she tolerated the procedure well … But has otherwise maintained an active schedule,” he added. “The court says the tumor was treated definitively and there’s no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. She will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans and no further treatment is needed at this time.”

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Williams added that despite this, he does not see the 86 year-old stepping down from her seat on the Supreme Court.

“What you are really asking is will she step down? I will say no,” he said. “She consistently said as long as she is healthy enough to do the work, she will stay on the Supreme Court. There is nothing in the statement that indicates that will change her plans at all. It says she has responded well. No further treatment is needed.”

“It just looks like at this point from what we know, yet another case, where Ruth Bader Ginsburg, because she is so careful with her health and so often gets check ups that they are dealt with in an early way, she will continue to stay on the Court,” the MSNBC host continued. “I can’t see anything here to lead me to believe she will change her plans.”

This comes one year after Ginsburg, who has been on the Supreme Court since being appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, underwent surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lungs. Fox News reported that she has previously had colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. The new Supreme Court term is set to begin on October 7, and justices typically return to work in September. Ginsburg currently has eleven events scheduled for next month, and she has not cancelled any of them at this time.

This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.

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