Brain Surgery Today for Kennedy

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 06/02/2008 - 10:29am.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is undergoing surgery Monday at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor, his office said.

The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, an especially lethal type of brain tumor. A statement from the Massachusetts Democrat's office said he would be operated on Monday morning in Durham, N.C., by Dr. Allan Friedman, followed by chemotherapy and radiation.

He expects to remain at the North Carolina facility for one week to recuperate and then will begin further treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital and start chemotherapy.

Kennedy was hospitalized May 17 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a seizure. Doctors later announced that he had a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe, a brain region that governs sensation but also plays some role in movement and language.

AP - June 2, 2008 - posted at

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 06/02/2008 - 10:29am.