Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor

Senator's prognosis uncertain; treatment may include chemo, radiation
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 12:19 PM CDT
Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor
In this May 8, 2008, photo, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., listens during a hearing in Washington. Kennedy was hospitalized in Boston Saturday and diagnosed with a brain tumor today.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sen. Ted Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, CNN reports. The 76-year-old senator has a glioma, the most common brain cancer in adults. Kennedy will spend at least 2 more days at the Boston hospital where he's been undergoing extensive tests since suffering two seizures Saturday at his Cape Cod home.

"Preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe," Kennedy's doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement. "The usual course of treatment includes combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy." (More Ted Kennedy stories.)

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