Sen. Kennedy has malignant brain tumor
Associated Press
Published: Tuesday May 20, 2008

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Doctors say Sen. Edward Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor; a condition discovered after he had a seizure.

Doctors for the Massachusetts Democrat say tests conducted after Kennedy suffered a seizure this weekend show a tumor in his 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.

The 76-year-old senator has been hospitalized in Boston since Saturday, when he was airlifted from Cape Cod after a seizure at his home.

His wife and children have been with him each day but have made no public statements.

His doctors said in a statement released to The Associated Press that he has had no further seizures, is in good spirits and is resting comfortably.

Malignant gliomas are a type of brain cancer diagnosed in about 9,000 Americans a year - and the most common type among adults. It's a starting diagnosis: How well patients fare depends on what specific tumor type is determined by further testing.

Average survival can range from less than a year for very advanced and aggressive types - such as glioblastomas - or to about five years for different types that are slower growing.

Politico posted the following "statement from Dr. Lee Schwamm, Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology,and Dr. Larry Ronan, Kennedy's primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital":

"Over the course of the last several days, we've done a series of tests on Senator Kennedy to determine the cause of his seizure. He has had no further seizures, remains in good overall condition, and is up and walking around the hospital. Some of the tests we had performed were inconclusive, particularly in light of the fact that the Senator had severe narrowing of the left carotid artery and underwent surgery just 6 months ago. However, preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe. The usual course of treatment includes combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy. Decisions regarding the best course of treatment for Senator Kennedy will be determined after further testing and analysis. Senator Kennedy will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for the next couple of days according to routine protocol. He remains in good spirits and full of energy."

Democrats rally around 'a living legend'

(AP) Leading Democrats in Washington reacted Tuesday to the news that Sen. Ted Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor.

This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast May 20, 2008.


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Senator Byrd tears up over Kennedy

Fighting back tears, Sen. Byrd sends prayers to the Kennedy family.

This video is from ABCNews.com, broadcast May 20, 2008.


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