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Author Topic: Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor  (Read 1698 times)

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Offline bear60

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Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor
« on: May 20, 2008, 02:32:02 PM »
"The Massachusetts Democrat has a malignant glioma in the left parietal-lobe, according to doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, where Kennedy, 76, has been undergoing tests since Saturday after having a seizure at his Cape Cod home.

The usual course of treatment includes combinations of radiation and chemotherapy, but Kennedy's treatment will be decided after more tests.

"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 since he was hospitalized. Senator Kennedy's son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., plans to stay at the hospital for the time being.

"Obviously it's tough news for any son to hear," said spokeswoman Robin Costello. "He's comforted by the fact that his dad is such a fighter, and if anyone can get through something as challenging as this, it would be his father. So he's optimistic, he's hopeful, but obviously he's concerned."

President Bush was notified by his staff of Kennedy's diagnosis at 1:20 p.m.

"He said he was deeply saddened and would keep Sen. Kennedy in his prayers," spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Malignant gliomas are a type of brain cancer diagnosed in about 9,000 Americans a year ó 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 ó such as glioblastomas ó or to about five years for different types that are slower growing.

Surgery can be an option for some types, especially to reduce symptoms as a tumor enlarges and puts pressure on the rest of the brain. Many gliomas infiltrate normal brain tissue instead of forming a solid mass, making it hard to remove much of the tumor.

Senate Democratic and Republican leaders both interrupted their parties' regularly scheduled party luncheons to announce the news about Kennedy. Republicans bowed their heads and said a prayer. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., told colleagues that Kennedy is optimistic.

"I'm having a hard time remembering a day in my 34 years here I've felt this sadly," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

"We just hope for the best," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. "Ted Kennedy makes the Senate the place that it is and has for so many years."

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

"I am so deeply saddened I have lost the words," Sen. John Warner, R-Va., said in a Senate hallway. Warner said he and Kennedy had been friends for 40 years. Both served on the Senate Armed Services Committee together.

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.

The law was changed in 2004, when Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts became the Democratic presidential nominee and Republican Mitt Romney was the state's governor. Prior to the change, the governor would have appointed a replacement who would have served until the next general election.

That would created the opportunity to install a fellow Republican in office, something lawmakers in the vastly Democratic state wanted to avoid.

Among the potential candidates for a Senate vacancy would be Democrats Martha Coakley, the state's attorney general; Rep. Edward J. Markey, former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and Kennedy's wife, Vicki.

Among the potential Republican candidates could be Romney or former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.

AP reporter Lauran Neergaard in Washington contributed to this report.

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Offline BT65

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Re: Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 07:18:11 PM »
Yeah, I'm sure Bush is "deeply saddened" by this.  Puh-leeze.
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 07:40:13 PM »
I thought the same thing Betty...

I'm sorry to hear this news.  I hope for the best possible outcome for him...

Alan  :'(
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Re: Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 08:05:52 PM »
Poor Teddy.

Matty the Damned wishes him all the best.


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Re: Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 08:11:39 PM »
The rightie blogs have been a huge party today, with lots of Mary Jo Kopechne jokes.
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Offline randym431

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Re: Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 07:58:32 AM »
It will be a huge loss. The last of the Kennedyís as far as the 1960's era goes.

But as to Bush or republicans vs democrats, I think their war against each other has always been just an act.
They yell at each other on the floor, then laugh and joke about it in private together.
Notice no matter how much anger they have one side towards the other, they come together
in a split second when one of "their own" falls or when the good old boys institution is challenged from outside
forces, like by the voters.

Its a good show, but it is not a reality show. Thats why the "business as usual" will never change. Never will they allow it to
be threatened. I look at them as being on the morning news shows yelling at each other, then having lunch together the same day.
All for our amusement.

Offline Coffeechick88

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Re: Doctors Say: Senator Ted Kennedy Has A Brain Tumor
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2008, 10:14:51 AM »
Yeah, I'm sure Bush is "deeply saddened" by this.  Puh-leeze.
As much as I despise Bush, I am really hoping he is telling the truth and wouldn't wish a brain tumour on a political enemy of his.  Maybe it is me being naive, though.

I really hope for the best for him.  Those can be bad though.  An aunt of mine had headaches and memory loss and got an MRI, where they found the high grade Stage IV glioma.  She was dead in two weeks.  I really hope he pulls through, but if he is meant to die, I hope it is quick.
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