Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgGinsburg: ‘I’m on my way to being very well’ after cancer treatment Ginsburg makes first public appearance since cancer news David Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could ‘tear this country apart’ MORE said Saturday that she is on her way “to being very well” after receiving cancer treatment, adding that she will be prepared when the high court’s next term begins in October.
“This audience can see that I am alive. And I am on my way to being very well,” she said at the annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Ginsburg said her job has kept her going each time she has faced cancer.
“I love my job. It is the best and hardest job that I ever had,” she said. “It has kept me going through four cancer bouts. Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains, I just know that I have to read this set of briefs.”
The Supreme Court announced last week that Ginsburg had completed three weeks of radiation treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas.
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“The Justice tolerated treatment well,” the court said in a statement. “The tumor was treated definitively, and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”
Ginsburg received treatment on an outpatient basis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for the tumor, which was detected during a July blood test.
She will “continue to have periodic blood tests and scans,” and no further treatment is currently required, the court said.
Ginsburg had nodules in her lung removed last December and was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.