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« on: May 20, 2008, 01:19:26 pm »



Kennedy has brain tumor
Sen. Ted Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor, doctors treating him at Massachusetts General Hospital said today. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said President Bush was "deeply saddened" by the news. developing story
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 01:21:00 pm »

Doctors: Ted Kennedy has brain tumor

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Massachusetts senator's tumor is malignant, doctors say

Kennedy suffered seizure Saturday morning at family compound

Usual course of treatment includes radiation and chemotherapy



     
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor, doctors treating him at Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday.





Sen. Edward Kennedy suffered a seizure Saturday in Hyannisport, Massachusetts.

 Kennedy, 76, was hospitalized Saturday morning after suffering a seizure at his family's compound at Hyannisport, Massachusetts.

"Preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe," according to a statement from the doctors treating the senator.

Malignant glioma is the most common primary brain tumor, accounting for more than half of the 18,000 primary malignant brain tumors diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said President Bush was "deeply saddened" by the news and would keep the senator in his prayers.

Kennedy had surgery in October to clear his carotid artery in hopes of preventing a stroke.

In recent days, the powerful Democrat had appeared to be in fine health. On Friday, he took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new maritime learning center in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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The usual course of treatment for Kennedy's type of tumor includes radiation and chemotherapy, said the statement from Dr. Lee Schwamm, vice chairman of the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Larry Ronan, primary care physician at the hospital.

"Decisions regarding the best course of treatment for Sen. Kennedy will be determined after further testing and analysis," the doctors continued.  Watch CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta describe treatment options »

"Sen. 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."

Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 1962. He is one of only six senators in U.S. history to serve more than 40 years. He is known as a liberal champion of social issues such as health care, family leave and the minimum wage.  Watch CNN's Bill Schneider assess Kennedy's sway over the Democratic Party »

Senate Democrats and Republicans were in their weekly closed policy lunches in the Capitol when the news of Kennedy's diagnosis broke.

Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada announced the news to his Democratic colleagues. The wind was taken out of the room, said one senator. There was "stunned silence," said another.


Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, a close friend of Kennedy's, released a statement saying, "Ted Kennedy has spent his life caring for those in need. Now it's time for those who love Ted and his family to care for them and join in prayer to give them strength."

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg said, "Ted Kennedy makes the Senate the place that it is, and has for so many years."

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 01:28:29 pm »

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'Stunned silence' in the Capitol
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(CNN) — Senate Democrats and Republicans were in their weekly closed policy lunches in the Capitol when the news broke about Sen. Ted Kennedy. Majority Leader Reid announced the news to his Democratic colleagues. The wind was taken out of the room, said one senator. There was “stunned silence,” said another.

Capitol police officers and Senate staffers gathered around TVs just off the Senate floor and watched the breaking news on CNN.

Kennedy friend Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, arrived late and entered a back door to the lunch. He looked drained. He declined to comment about the news except to nod yes when asked if he had spoken to Kennedy’s family.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Iillinois another close friend, spoke quietly on his cell phone just outside the lunch. He looked emotional when he hung up and told a reporter, "I can’t say anything,” as he returned to the lunch.

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, predicted if anyone could overcome the illness Kennedy would. “Look what he’s been through in his life,“ Conrad said.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg D-New Jersey, said “Ted Kennedy makes the Senate the place that it is and has for so many years.”

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 01:30:52 pm »

What Kennedy's diagnosis could mean

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Doctors: Biopsy of Kennedy's brain showed a tumor in the left parietal lobe

Approximately 9,000 Americans a year are diagnosed with malignant gliomas

Gupta: Left parietal lobe controls motor skills of right side as well as speech

     
(CNN) -- Sen. Edward Kennedy has the most common type of brain tumor, but the size and nature of the tumor will determine how life threatening it is, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Tuesday.


Sen. Edward Kennedy was diganosed with a malignant brain tumor.

 Kennedy, 76, was hospitalized over the weekend after having a seizure.

Kennedy's doctors at the Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday that the preliminary results from the brain biopsy showed a tumor in the left parietal lobe was responsible for the seizure.

Gupta, who is also a neurosurgeon, said a tumor in that area of the brain could affect the senator's ability to speak and understand speech as well as the strength on the right side of his body.

Gupta said while he hasn't seen Kennedy's brain scans, doctors would normally perform surgery to try and remove as much of the tumor as possible. Doctors then would likely begin chemotherapy or radiation to try and kill the remaining cancerous cells.

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Doctors say Kennedy's tumor is a malignant glioma, but they have not said how large it is or how quickly it may be spreading.

Average survival can range from three to five years for moderately severe malignant gliomas to less than a year for very advanced and aggressive types such as glioblastomas.

About 9,000 Americans are diagnosed with malignant gliomas each year.

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