The 85-year-old Ginsburg said last summer she intends to remain on the court for "at least five more years", and has previously declared that she'll "do this job as long as I can do it full steam". The justices met behind closed doors earlier on Friday to discuss pending petitions and Ginsburg participated by proxy. She has survived two other bouts of cancer.
Two doctors contacted by Fox News with experience in performing pulmonary lobectomies said, given her age and procedure, a home recovery of about six-to-eight weeks is common - and they would expect the justice to be ready to resume normal duties next month.
While odds for a recovery from the surgery she had are good, they go way up if the subsequent pathology report shows no cancer in the lymph nodes. The cancerous growths were discovered while receiving treatment for a November 7 fall in her office.More news: Weak point in China economic system offers Beijing incentive for commerce deal
She returned to the hospital in December to have these removed. Ginsburg is a left-wing jurist who has notoriously ruled for abortion and against employers' conscience rights, as well as for same-sex "marriage" despite calls to recuse herself on the issue because she's personally officiated several such "weddings".
Ginsburg's absence from the bench has left supporters particularly concerned, as she bounced back fairly quickly from previous cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009. If Ginsburg steps down as one of the four liberal justices now serving, President Trump will nearly certainly appoint a conservative replacement, tilting the court further to the Right.
Updated at 11:47 a.m.to add details about Ginsburg's diagnosis and plans for next week. Her dissents in recent years have continued to energize Democrats at a time when Republicans control the executive branch of government and the Supreme Court moves rightward.More news: Baltimore Ravens promote Greg Roman to offensive coordinator to replace Marty Mornhinweg
The White House has told allies at the Judicial Crisis Network and the Federalist Society to ready for another potential hard confirmation battle, Politico reports in an article relying on unnamed sources.
The source described the conversations as very preliminary so the White House is not "unprepared" for a grueling hearing.More news: EPL: Hazard too good for Chelsea - Jenas