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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes surgery to remove cancerous growth in lung

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes surgery to remove cancerous growth in lung

She had a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to remove the growths in her left lung.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Ginsburg, one of the court's nine justices, underwent a procedure known as a pulmonary lobectomy on Friday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY.

NPR's Nina Totenberg interviewed Ginsburg at the Museum of the City of NY on December 15, where she asked the 85-year-old justice about her health.

The growths were found during tests Ginsburg had after she fractured three ribs in a fall in her office on November 7.

After the surgery, it was determined there was "no evidence" of "any remaining disease, the court said".

'Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Ginsburg broke three ribs in a fall last month.

Ms Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

The court's oldest justice had surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer 10 years later. Ginsburg has now endured three rounds of cancer during her 15-year tenure on the court.

Another health scare came in 2014 when doctors discovered a blockage in her left coronary artery, and she was briefly hospitalized at that time. She rejected suggestions from some Democrats that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obama's second term, when Democrats also held a majority in the Senate and would likely have had little trouble nominating and confirming her successor.

A feature film about her life, "On the Basis of Sex", is being released in theaters next week.

News of Ginsburg's health was announced on Friday. Ginsburg says she has disagreed with former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor "on a lot of important questions, but we have had the experience of growing up women and we have certain sensitivities that our male colleagues lack".