Why did RBG wait months to share the news?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Source:  Shane Trejo

Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed on Friday that she has been diagnosed with cancer yet again and is undergoing chemotherapy.

“On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy (gemcitabine) to treat a recurrence of cancer. A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions in my liver. My recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this occurrence,” Ginsburg explained in her letter.

“Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information,” she explained.

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Ginsburg gave a hopeful message to her supporters despite the dire news, claiming that the cancer is being reduced and her work on the bench is not being adversely impacted.

“My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue my bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine. Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work,” Ginsburg wrote.

“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that,” she concluded.

The full statement can be seen here:

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