Grim Diagnosis for Ted Kennedy

20 May


We sadly bring you the following update on Senator Edward Kennedy:

Associated Press Writer

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.

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.

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

“I’m really sad,” former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., said when told in a Senate hallway about Kennedy’s condition. “He’s the one politician who brings tears to my eyes when he speaks.”

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, AP photo

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.

“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.

The doctors said Kennedy will remain in the hospital “for the next couple of days according to routine protocol.”

“He remains in good spirits and full of energy,” they said.

Kennedy’s wife and children have been with him each day but have made no public statements.

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.

Kennedy, the second-longest serving member of the Senate and a dominant figure in national Democratic Party politics, was elected in 1962, filling out the term won by his brother, John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy eldest brother, Joseph, was killed in a World War II airplane crash. President John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and his brother Robert was assassinated in 1968.

Kennedy is active for his age, maintaining an aggressive schedule on Capitol Hill and across Massachusetts. He has made several campaign appearances for the Illinois senator in February, and most recently another in April.

Kennedy, the senior senator from Massachusetts and the Senate’s second-longest serving member, was re-elected in 2006 and is not up for election again until 2012.

Were he to resign or die in office, state law requires a special election for the seat no sooner than 145 days and no later than 160 days after the vacancy occurs.


AP reporter Lauran Neergaard in Washington contributed to this report.


6 Responses to “Grim Diagnosis for Ted Kennedy”

  1. Diane Humphrey McCormick May 20, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    Is there a site to email/blog, for him?
    Like to leave an ecard, or encouraging words , directly to him and his family?

  2. trollfighter May 20, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    Bad news…

  3. Alexis Inamine May 20, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Ted Kennedy has done so much for this country.
    We wish Ted recovery of health. Ted Kennedy is our National Lion!
    We love you Ted!
    Inamine & Scandalis Families
    Sacramento, CA

  4. Karen May 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    I am very sorry to hear about Edward Kennedy. My prayers of hope and strength go out to him an his family. He is a very strong man and I believe God will be with him and his family thoughout this ordeal. May God bless you and your family

  5. New Frontier May 21, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    To Senator Kennedy’s many admirers who have come to this blog for news and updates in recent days; those of you who post your well wishes here; and for all who have contacted me privately over the past few days, thank you for all the love and support you’ve shown.

    It is truly amazing the way people come together at times like these…I’ve heard from old friends recently that I hadn’t seen in years, calling just to express their sorrow at the news and hope that he will somehow beat this, as he has bounced back so many times before.

    The Kennedy family is asking that people send their thoughts and get-well wishes through Senator Kennedy’s official website, They are monitoring and delivering all messages to him, and of course, I know they deeply appreciate your prayers at this time, too.

    Something else I must say: As editor of this blog: I’ve been absolutely shocked and appalled by the high number of mean-spirited comments which have been submitted to us since Ted’s diagnosis. I mean, some of this stuff just breaks my heart and makes me sick to my stomach.

    What I’ve read over the past 24 hours from some very disturbed and hate-filled people out there honestly make me wonder what drives the pathology of someone who would say a thing like “may all the Kennedys die and be forgotten” …especially now, of all times. As if ANYONE deserves to be handed a diagnosis of malignant brain cancer.

    Sweet Jesus. You might think that such talk only came from one lone nutter out there, but we are sorry to report that we probably rec’d at least 20 comments along those lines just yesterday, and we’re totally sickened by it.

    So, here’s a MEMO TO ALL THE HEARTLESS IDIOTS : Comments like these are immediately deleted. They will not ever be posted on this site, so don’t waste your time.

    If you’re going to bring up Chappaquiddick or any of the Senator’s past mistakes or family tragedies at a time like this, you won’t be doing it on this blog!

    Can’t ya’ll give it a rest for now and show the man’s family some respect, for heaven’s sake?

    It is our editorial policy to *never* publish personal, below-the-belt or hateful attacks on the Kennedys, and that policy will be more strictly enforced than ever by our editors now.

    All submitted comments will be held in moderation and carefully reviewed before they are approved, so we just ask that the GOOD GUYS AND GALS please be patient with us during this process – it may take a little longer than usual for your comments to show up on the site.

    Thanks for your attention to this (and for allowing this editor to *vent* a little!) – we appreciate your patience, your support, and all of the kind-hearted patriots out there who have sent your love and support to Senator Kennedy and the entire family. God bless you.

  6. neaten May 28, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    neaten says : I absolutely agree with this !

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