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Ruth Bader Ginsburg expected to return to Supreme Court after time away to recover from cancer surgery

Doctors have reportedly found no additional signs of cancer, and she is recovering at home

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The Supreme Court has released a statement saying that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery is "on track" and that there is "no evidence of remaining disease and no further treatment is required." She is expected to work on cases from home next week before returning to the Supreme Court.

Here's what we know

In early November, the 85-year-old justice suffered a fall that broke three ribs on her left side. During a visit to the hospital for this injury, doctors found malignant nodules on the lower lobe of her left lung.

She returned to the hospital in December to have these removed. On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court press office reported that the surgery had been successful, and the nodules had been removed. After her operation, President Donald Trump tweeted that he wished Ginsburg "a full and speedy recovery."

On Monday, Ginsburg missed Supreme Court oral arguments for the first time in her 25 years on the bench. According to Politico, after Ginsburg missed these oral arguments, the White House began to reach out to "political allies and conservative activist groups" in order to begin work on selecting her potential successor.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement on Friday:

Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments.

She added:

Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.

In July, Ginsburg, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, said that she felt like she could remain on the bench for "at least five more years" before she needed to retire.

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