Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, was operated today on two "malignant nodes" in one of her lungs at a hospital specializing in cancer treatment in New York (USA).
The Supreme Court said in a statement that Ginsburg, the most progressive magistrate in the courtroom, was intervened at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the city, where the two nodules were removed from the lower part of the left lung lobe.
The doctors discovered those nodules during the medical examinations that practiced to Ginsburg last November after it was treated in the University Hospital George Washington for the fracture of three ribs.
The statement, citing thoracic surgeon Valeria W. Rusch of the New York health center, added that before the operation, the tests showed that the disease had not spread to any part of the body.
After the intervention, the patient was examined and no evidence of any remains of any tumor was found.
At the moment the doctors do not consider that Ginsburg needs more treatment after the removal of the nodules and they expect to discharge him in the coming days.
It is not the first time that the judge goes through the operating room to have a tumor removed, since in the past she has suffered colon and pancreatic cancer.
Ginsburg has spent the last 25 years in the Supreme Court, where she arrived in 1993 as the second woman in history in this court, after a career devoted to feminist causes and civil rights.
The health of the magistrate, due to her advanced age, has the country in suspense, especially the progressive ranks, who fear that if Ginsburg leaves the Supreme Court, his substitute will be chosen by the president, Donald Trump, to expand the already existing conservative majority of the most important court in the country.
The Supreme Court is composed of nine judges with lifetime positions, currently 5 conservatives and 4 progressives. The magistrates are appointed by the president and then confirmed by the Senate, where the Republicans have a majority.
Trump has nominated two judges in less than two years, an unusual rhythm to choose magistrates who usually remain in office for decades.