Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Saturday that her work on the Supreme Court has “kept me going” through four bouts of cancer – including one disclosed quite recently – and that she is “on my way to being very well.”
Ginsburg disclosed on Aug. 23 that she had completed a three-week course of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy – a highly focused treatment that concentrates an intense dose of radiation on a tumor – after a malignancy was discovered on her pancreas.
It was the second treatment for cancer in nine months for the court’s oldest member and leader of its liberal wing. Ginsburg had a portion of her left lung removed in December, and in past decades was treated for colon and pancreatic cancer. She broke ribs in a fall last November.
But before a roaring crowd of what organizers said was more than 4,000 at the National Book Festival in the District of Columbia, she declared: “This audience can see that I am alive.”
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