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Ted Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor

From the Washington Post:

Kennedy Diagnosed With Malignant Brain Tumor

By Jonathan Weisman
May 20, 2008

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who was hospitalized in Boston Saturday after suffering a seizure, has a malignant brain tumor, according to a preliminary diagnosis released today by physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A biopsy of a portion of Kennedy’s brain identified a malignant glioma as the cause of the seizure, according to a statement by Lee H. Schwamm, the hospital’s vice chairman of neurology, and Larry Ronan, Kennedy’s primary care physician.

A glioma is the most common type of brain tumor, accounting for more than half of the 18,000 or so diagnosed each year.

The doctors said the usual course of treatment is radiation and chemotherapy.

“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,” they said…

Kennedy’s doctors said that “he has had no further seizures, remains in good overall condition, and is up and walking around the hospital.” They said they will determine Kennedy’s course of treatment after further testing and analysis.

We are as sorry to hear this news as we would be about any fellow human being.

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