Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent a lung procedure to remove a cancerous growth on Friday, the Supreme Court said in a release.
She is “resting comfortably” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. There was no evidence of any remaining disease following the surgery, the court said. There was no evidence of disease elsewhere in Ginsburg’s body, and no further treatment is planned.
Ginsburg, the eldest member of the court and the senior justice of its liberal wing, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered “incidentally” during tests to treat rib fractures she sustained in a fall last month. Both nodules were found to be malignant during an initial evaluation.
Sloan Kettering describes a lobectomy as the most common operation for non-small cell lung cancer on its website. It is the best treatment for “isolated lung cancer in an otherwise healthy patient,” according to the hospital.