Ruth Bader Ginsburg is cancer

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The White House reportedly began quiet preparations for a possible replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she missed oral arguments this week.

Monday was the first time Ginsburg, the oldest member of the nine-justice court, has missed oral arguments as a result of her various health scares, including two previous cancer diagnoses. Ginsburg was discharged from a NY hospital on Christmas day after having two cancerous growths removed from her left lung.

Ginsburg, 85, had surgery in Manhattan on December 21 to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung and was released on Christmas Day.

Speaking of her retirement, Ginsburg has also said that like her colleague, former Justice Paul Stevens, she would like to continue on the court until she turns 90. "Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required", Arberg added.

This week, for the first time since she joined the court in 1993, she missed a round of oral arguments.

The two GOP-led branches are cautiously conferring on a list of possible nominees-and urging allied groups to be prepared-if health concerns force the ailing Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, to leave the bench, Politico reported.

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. 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". 'I wouldn't say she's exactly on my side, but I wish her well, I hope she gets better, and I hope she serves on the Supreme Court for many years'.

Ginsburg had colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer 10 years later. After all, it's unlike Justice Ginsburg, but there's precedent for this sort of thing.

She has otherwise said that she "will do this job as long as [she] can do it full steam".

If she retires, President Donald Trump will likely name her successor, solidifying a conservative majority in the nation's highest court.

According to Fox News, the court announced on Friday that Justice Ginsburg will be working from home next week and will return to the bench shortly after.