Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recovery from cancer surgery last week is “on track,” and she will work from home next week, the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday.
Ginsburg, 85, missed three oral argument sessions this week, the first time in her more than 25 years on the bench. The court said she would also not be on the bench next week when the court hears argument Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The court said in a statement 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. Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.”
Ginsburg underwent surgery in New York on Dec. 21 to remove two malignant nodules from her lung. She left the hospital Dec. 26. It is common when justices are ill to participate at home in cases by reading pertinent briefs and oral argument transcripts.
Speculation about her health has been rampant on social media, with some tweets asserting that her absence from arguments is cause for her immediate retirement. But as someone who has survived two previous bouts of cancer, Ginsburg was not likely to follow those suggestions, in the view of those who know her.