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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Kennedy.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin Senator Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 20,
    Message 1 of 2 , May 20, 2008
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      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Kennedy.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

      Senator Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor

      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
      Published: May 20, 2008
      Filed at 1:14 p.m. ET

      BOSTON (AP) -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has a malignant
      brain tumor.

      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, they said.

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

      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.

      His wife and children have been with him each day but
      have made no public statements.

      His doctors said in a statement released to The
      Associated Press that he has had no further seizures,
      is in good spirits and is resting comfortably.

      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.
    • Ram Lau
      http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0508/Byrd_offers_weeping_tribute_to_Kennedy.html
      Message 2 of 2 , May 21, 2008
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