Elder Patriot – It appears that liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg is nearing the end of the line.
At least that’s the prognosis of physician Brian C. Joondeph based on what is publicly known about her condition.
Writing for the American Thinker Dr. Joondeph relies on readily available media reports to reach his diagnosis:
As a physician, allow me to play doctor here, with the required caveat that I am not Justice Ginsburg’s physician, have not met or diagnosed her, and am only relying on reports from our scrupulously honest and accurate American journalists.
Dr. Joondeph justifies this exercise by pointing out that his assessment is every bit as legitimate as the 60,000 mental health professional who signed the petition against President Trump stating:
We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States.
With that understood, Dr. Joondeph explains that diagnosing mental health is more nebulous than understanding the likely prognosis from the third cancer occurrence in a frail 85-year-old woman.
Justice Ginsburg has a history of other cancers, “The justice had colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.” Odds favor that her lung nodules represent metastases from her other cancers rather than a third new cancer originating in her lungs.
Dr. Joondeph writes that while it’s not impossible for this to be a primary cancer occurrence, it’s unlikely because of the other factors – two previous cancers and because she’s a non-smoker.
Therefore, the greater likelihood is that her previous cancer has metastasized which leads the doctor to conclude that she now has stage four cancer.
Dr. Joondeph cites the survival rates as per the American Cancer Society:
For pancreatic cancer, the American Cancer Society tells us, “Stage 4 pancreatic cancer has a 5-year survival rate of about 1 percent.”
For colon cancer, the prognosis is better, with a 12 percent 5-year survival rate for stage 4 disease.
Dr. Joondeph wrote this analysis last December 24th. More than three weeks later we still haven’t seen any pictures of Ginsburg sitting up, reading transcripts or briefs, shuffling around her home with the help of an aide or even sipping a cup of tea..
Those of us who have buried aged parents know that falls are the leading cause of death in frail, older people. While they often recover from the immediate injury – broken hips are most common, or ribs as in the case of Justice Ginsburg – the overall stress to their system becomes too great and they succumb shortly thereafter.
Yesterday, Justice Ginsburg cancelled an appearance set for January 29. I wish Justice Ginsburg many years of good health but the public has a right to know if she’s truly on the mend, clinging to life, or even if she has passed on.