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Ruth Bader Ginsburg recovering in hospital after cancerous nodules removed from her lung

Surgery was successful

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized to remove malignant nodules from her left lung. The surgery was reportedly successful, but she will remain in the hospital for the next few days.

What happened?

On Nov. 7, Ginsburg fell down in her office. She went home after the incident, but reportedly experienced discomfort throughout the night and was admitted to George Washington University the next morning. Doctors discovered that she had "fractured three ribs on her left side." She was discharged from the hospital the following day.

According to a news release from the Supreme Court on Friday, during her trip to the hospital for her fractured ribs, doctors discovered "[t]wo nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung." These modules were malignant but were removed by surgeons. According to the release:

Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.

She will remain in the hospital for a few days and is reportedly "resting comfortably."

What else?

Ginsburg, 85, told CNN in July that she thought she had "at least five more years" left before she retired from the Supreme Court. The next oldest justice is Stephen Breyer, who is 83.

This is a developing story and will be updated

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