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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, Is ‘Up and Working’ from Hospital

The Supreme Court resumes on January 7

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working from her hospital bed following her surgery on Friday to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung, as multiple media outlets, including The Hill, reported on Monday morning.

Court spokeswoman Kathleen L. Arberg noted that the 85-year-old justice remains at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, according to the Associated Press.

The lung nodules, later found to be malignant, were discovered incidentally at George Washington University Hospital, Arberg noted in a release on the high court’s website.

That notice was posted the day Ginsburg underwent the pulmonary lobectomy.

Ginsburg had been diagnosed and was being treated for three rib fractures she sustained during a fall on November 7 when doctors’ tests detected the nodes.

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The initial pathology evaluation revealed that the nodules, which were removed by thoracic surgeon Valerie W. Rusch, M.D., FACS, were malignant, the release continued.

There was no evidence of any remaining disease following the surgery, nor was there evidence of disease elsewhere in her body.

A pathologist will determine whether the nodules were a recurrence of her pancreatic cancer or if they were primary lung tumors, as NBC News noted.

As of last Friday, no further treatment for the justice was planned.

This is the colon and pancreatic cancer survivor’s third bout with cancer.

As news of the spunky justice’s work ethic spread, social media filled with cheers and well wishes for her continued recovery and return to the bench.

The projected date of Ginsburg’s discharge from the hospital and her return to the court are unknown at this time.

The court is slated to resume its work on Jan. 7, 2019.

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Ginsburg has never missed high court arguments despite her variety of health issues.

Ginsburg’s health is closely monitored by the public — and by all politicians, of course.

If she were to step down, President Donald Trump would select her successor, which would continue to shift the court in a conservative direction.

The justice has already hired clerks for the term ending in 2020 — sending a message she has no plans to retire.

As news of the spunky justice’s work ethic spread, social media filled with cheers and well wishes for her continued recovery and return to the bench.

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.