Justice Ginsburg taken ill, absent from Supreme Court

The 86-year-old's health has been a concern since she was diagnosed and treated for lung cancer and a tumor on her pancreas.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on June 1, 2017.Jonathan Ernst / Reuters file

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent Wednesday for courtroom arguments in two cases.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Ginsburg was "indisposed due to illness," a statement similar to the one he made on the first day of the term, Oct. 7, when Justice Clarence Thomas was absent with what a court official said was the flu.

The same court official said Wednesday that Ginsburg was "home with a stomach bug."

The health of Ginsburg, 86, has been the subject of intense interest since she underwent surgery last winter for lung cancer and treatment over the summer for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.