From the 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.
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.
Again, this is just a starting diagnosis, and the article cites average life expectancy figures. None of that applies specifically to Kennedy’s case.
Keep in mind that Senator Tim Johnson, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, performed far better than his doctors expected and even returned to the Senate several months ago.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kennedy family.
More as it comes…