Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently announced that she is battling a recurrence of cancer, has been hospitalized in New York City after undergoing a “minimally invasive” liver procedure.
Ginsburg is expected to remain in the hospital through the end of the week.
The liberal justice underwent a “minimally invasive,” non-surgical procedure today to revise a bile duct stent she received last year.
Court says her doctors say this is a “common occurrence” and she expects to be out of the hospital by the end of the week.
Ginsburg announced earlier this month that her cancer had returned.
She said she was receiving chemotherapy for the recurrence of cancer, but had no plans to retire from the Supreme Court.
The 87-year-old Ginsburg, who has had four earlier bouts with cancer, said her treatment so far has succeeded in reducing lesions on her liver and she will continue chemotherapy sessions every two weeks “to keep my cancer at bay.”
“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,” Ginsburg said in a statement issued by the court.
Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, is the senior liberal justice on a court that leans conservative by a 5-4 margin.
Ginsburg, the oldest justice on the nine-member court, announced earlier this month that she is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer.
The liberal justice, who has had four earlier bouts with cancer, said her treatment so far has succeeded in reducing lesions on her liver.
Democrats and progressives are watching her health closely.
Her departure before the election could give Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell the chance to shift the court further to the right.