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Ginsburg’s Recovery Shows Value of Healthy Lifestyle for Mesothelioma Survival

healthy lifestyle for mesothelioma survivalJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successful lung cancer surgery illustrates the value of healthy lifestyle for mesothelioma survival.

Although Ginsburg did not have mesothelioma, people battling the asbestos cancer would do well to pay attention.

The 85-year-old Supreme Court justice recently had two nodules removed from her left lung.

Her lung cancer was in an early stage. Doctors say they were able to remove all signs of cancer and Ginsburg is now recovering at home.

Ginsburg’s Regular Exercise Routine

Justice Ginsburg has survived cancer twice before. She had colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. In both cases, she bounced back quickly. She did not miss a day on the bench.

Ginsburg is known for her healthy lifestyle. She eats a healthy diet and works out twice a week with a personal trainer.  

Her trainer even wrote a book about her exercise routine. The book was meant to inspire other people battling cancers such as malignant mesothelioma.

Living a Healthy Lifestyle for Mesothelioma Survival

Justice Ginsburg is one example of the importance of healthy lifestyle for mesothelioma survival.

Paul Kraus is another example. The Australian man is the world’s longest-living mesothelioma survivor. He received a diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma in 1997 and is still living.

Kraus has written a book about his cancer survival strategies. “Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers” is the bestselling mesothelioma book in the world.

In the book, Kraus talks about his exercise, healthy food choices, supplements, prayer and meditation.

Kraus works out and meditates every day and eats mostly fruit and vegetables.

Mesothelioma Survival Strategies Empower Mesothelioma Patients

Malignant mesothelioma is one of the rarest cancers and one of the hardest cancers to treat. Although there is no cure for mesothelioma yet, Ginsburg and Kraus show that patients are not powerless.

The National Cancer Institute recommends exercise to fight obesity, which has been linked to increased risk of 13 different cancers. Regular exercise may reduce the risk for colon cancer by 24 percent and breast cancer by 12 percent.

A number of other studies have focused on cancer-fighting compounds in fruit and vegetables, mushrooms, wine, herbs, and spices.

Exercise and a healthy diet may also help reduce mesothelioma treatment-related side effects.


Quinn, M, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after surgery for lung cancer”, The Washington Examiner, December 26, 2018, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/ruth-bader-ginsburg-released-from-hospital-after-surgery-for-lung-cancer

“Nutrition for Cancer Survivors”, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, https://www.nccn.org/patients/resources/life_after_cancer/nutrition.aspx

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