Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senator Ted Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor

BOSTON - A cancerous brain tumor caused the seizure Sen. Edward M. Kennedy suffered over the weekend, doctors said Tuesday in a grim diagnosis for one of American politics' most enduring figures. "He remains in good spirits and full of energy," the doctors for the 76-year-old Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement.

They said tests conducted after the seizure showed a tumor in Kennedy's left parietal lobe. Preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma, they said.

His treatment will be decided after more tests but the usual course includes combinations of radiation and chemotherapy.

Kennedy has been hospitalized in Boston since Saturday, when he was airlifted from Cape Cod after a seizure at his home.

"He has had no further seizures, remains in good overall condition, and is up and walking around the hospital," said the statement by Dr. Lee Schwamm, vice chairman of the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Larry Ronan, Kennedy's primary care physician.

They said Kennedy will remain in the hospital "for the next couple of days according to routine protocol."

Kennedy's wife and children have been with him each day since he was hospitalized. Senator Kennedy's son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., plans to stay at the hospital for the time being.

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HAVING lived in Massachusetts for 16 years, I sometimes felt that Kennedy lived right around the corner. Of course his political skills are impeccable. He may go down as the greatest Senator in United States history.

But more than that, his spirit and humanity are so powerful, you feel you know him even if you never met him.

My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. Here's to a full recovery, Teddy.

Know hope.

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1 comment:

SouthernGirl2 said...

Prayers for healing to Senator Kennedy & his family!