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Justice Ginsburg working from hospital after surgery, court says

Kalhan Rosenblatt and The Associated Press
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been up and working from the New York City hospital where she recently underwent surgery to remove cancerous nodes from her lungs, according to a spokesperson.

Ginsburg, 85, continued working on Sunday while still at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, according to Kathy Arberg, a spokeswoman for the court.

On Friday, Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy to remove two malignant growths from her lungs, which were discovered after she fell and broke three of her ribs on Nov. 7.

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Both "nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation," the court said, but there "was no evidence of any remaining disease."

A pathologist will determine whether it's a recurrence of Ginsburg's pancreatic cancer or a primary lung tumor.

This is Ginsburg's third bout of cancer, after surviving both colon and pancreatic cancer. She also had a heart stent procedure in 2014.

Despite her health issues, Ginsburg, the oldest justice on the Supreme Court, has never missed arguments before the court. The court next meets on Jan. 7.

There is no information about when Ginsburg will be released from the hospital, but the court said she is "expected to remain in the hospital for a few days."

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, breaks ribs in fall 

Key Points
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, fell in her office at the court and fractured three ribs, the court says.
  • "Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment," the statement from the court said.
  • Ginsburg's health has been a matter of intense speculation in recent years. Ginsburg, the court's oldest member, is one of the court's four liberal justices.