Tuesday :: May 20, 2008

Senator Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor


by Turkana

Associated Press:

Sen. Edward Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor.

Doctors for the Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday that preliminary biopsy results showed a malignant glioma in the left parietal-lobe. It was detected after Kennedy, 76, was airlifted to Boston on Saturday after having a seizure at his Cape Cod home.

The usual course of treatment includes combinations of radiation and chemotherapy, but Kennedy's treatment will be decided after more tests.

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

Kennedy's wife and children have been with him each day since he was hospitalized but have made no public statements. Doctors said he would remain hospitalized a couple more days.

His prognosis won't be known until further tests reveal the specific type of tumor. Needless to say, our hopes and prayers are for a relatively quick recovery from what will prove to be a less dangerous form.

Senator Kennedy is not only an icon of liberalism, he also has authored or sponsored more significant legislation than any senator of his era. He also has championed national medical care since the 1960s. Some day, this nation will catch up with him.

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