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Kennedy Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

What terribly sad news. Senator Ted Kennedy has a brain tumor at 76 years of age. I’m sure that the doctors knew this hours after he arrived on Saturday. Kennedy underwent a brain biopsy, which was probably performed on Sunday. There really aren’t any good brain tumors in terms of long term survival. Malignant Gliomas are bad.

Official Hospital statement:

Statement from Dr. Lee Schwamm, Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Larry Ronan, Primary Care Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital:

“Over the course of the last several days, we’ve done a series of tests on Senator Kennedy to determine the cause of his seizure. He has had no further seizures, remains in good overall condition, and is up and walking around the hospital. Some of the tests we had performed were inconclusive, particularly in light of the fact that the Senator had severe narrowing of the left carotid artery and underwent surgery just 6 months ago. However, preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe. The usual course of treatment includes combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy. Decisions regarding the best course of treatment for Senator Kennedy will be determined after further testing and analysis. Senator Kennedy will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for the next couple of days according to routine protocol. He remains in good spirits and full of energy.”

By |2008-05-20T14:37:13-04:00May 20th, 2008|Domestic Issues, Senate|Comments Off on Kennedy Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

Kennedy Update

We really don’t know any more than we did six or seven hours ago. Neither the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Boston Globe really have anything new. Senator Edward Kennedy had a seizure this morning. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where tests are being run. The Senator is reportedly awake and interactive. That’s about it.

By |2008-05-17T22:02:48-04:00May 17th, 2008|Senate|Comments Off on Kennedy Update

Senator Kennedy Airlifted to Hospital

Senator Kennedy, 76 years-old and very overweight, was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital. As far as I can tell, no one really has a handle on what is going on. The news media is reporting that he has symptoms of a stroke.

I pray for his speedy recovery.

Update from the Boston Globe:

Doctors believe that Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts suffered a seizure at his home in Hyannis Port this morning, then a second seizure as he was being transported by helicopter from Cape Cod Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to an official briefed on the situation.

His condition was unclear early this afternoon, as a special police security detail gathered at Mass. General. Kennedy family members were called this morning and told to rush to Boston, according to sources.

Update II Statement from Senator Kennedy’s office:

“It appears that Senator Kennedy experienced a seizure this morning,” a statement released by his office in Washington said. “He is undergoing a battery of tests at Massachusetts General Hospital to determine the cause of the seizure. Senator Kennedy is resting comfortably, and it is unlikely we will know anything more for the next 48 hours.”

All I can say this that this statement isn’t exactly accurate. They should know something by now. Kennedy has been at the hospital for over two hours. I guarantee that he has had blood work and a CT scan of his head, at the very least. Also, since Kennedy was recently diagnosed with a narrowing of his carotid artery but no surgery was recommended, I would guess that a test has been performed on that artery to see if the disease has progressed.

By |2008-05-17T13:29:04-04:00May 17th, 2008|Healthcare, Senate|Comments Off on Senator Kennedy Airlifted to Hospital
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