WASHINGTON (CNN) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery, plans to be back on the bench when the Supreme Court resumes oral arguments in 17 days.
Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday the 75-year-old justice will be on hand for the next public session February 23, when the court will hear appeals in two cases, beginning at 10 am ET.
Ginsburg remains hospitalized at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a day after undergoing surgery for the disease.
Sources close to Ginsburg say she continues to do well after the procedure, and that doctors and family remain cautiously optimistic. Those sources said she was resting comfortably, and speaking with her staff about the Court's upcoming caseload.
The justice could be released from the hospital next week. A Court statement Thursday said she will likely remain in the hospital for seven to 10 days, according to her attending surgeon, Dr. Murray Brennan.
"Justice Ginsburg had no symptoms prior to the incidental discovery of the lesion during a routine annual check-up in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland," the court said.
The justices are on a month long recess, but return for a closed door conference February 20. There is no word on whether Ginsburg will attend that private meeting among just the nine members of the court, to go over pending appeals.
President Obama was hoping to speak with Ginsburg by phone later Friday, said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Ginsburg previously underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in September 1999. Court sources said she continued to work on pending cases while in her hospital bed and her subsequent recovery. Less than a month later she appeared
in public to give a speech and said, "I am still mending but have progressed steadily." She never missed a day on the bench.
The Brooklyn native has been on the federal bench since 1990, the last 15 on the high court, where she is the only female justice.