Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sen. Edward Kennedy has malignant brain tumor

Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy, pictured in April 2008, is "doing pretty well" in hospital after suffering a seizure this weekend but must still undergo some tests, one of his Democratic colleagues said Sunday(AFP/File/Paul J. Richards)BOSTON - 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....

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