May 20th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Kennedy seizure caused by brain tumor

Sen. Kennedy has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sen. Kennedy has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) - The hospital treating Sen. Edward Kennedy said Tuesday that the Democratic senator has a malignant brain tumor.

The tumor was the cause of his seizure on Saturday, according to a statement from the doctors treating the 76-year-old at Massachusetts General Hospital.

While such tumors are usually treated by a combination of radiation and chemotherapy, Kennedy's doctors said "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."

Kennedy "remains in good overall condition and is up and walking around the hospital," the statement said.

He was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday, and has remained hospitalized since then.

(updated with additional information 1:30 p.m.; full hospital statement after the jump)

Drs. Lee Schwamm and Larry Ronan of Massachusetts General Hospital, where Kennedy is being treated, released this statement Tuesday:

"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."

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  1. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    One of the true lions of the Democratic party...prayers and best wishes to Sen Kennedy and his entire family!!!

    May 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Karen

    i am so sorry to hear this bad news. so sorry.

    May 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Tim

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Sen Kennedy and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. John, London

    Devastating !!!

    Hang in there Sen. Wishing you God's healing.

    May 20, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Mb

    My prayers are with him, his wife Vickie and the Kennedy family.

    May 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Everyone needs to put politics aside and keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless you Senator Kennedy !!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    Oh no! Wow!

    May 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Cleavette

    Senator Kennedy is truly a GREAT American.We all wish the very best for him and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Michael

    What horrible news; our thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and the Kennedy family.

    May 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Karen, NYC

    My prayers are with Sen. Kennedy and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    O my God!!!!! Is he okay? Are the doctor's right in their diagnosis? We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Caryn, Washington DC

    Senator Kennedy is a wonderful man who's service to this country is greatly appreciated. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Mary

    God bless him.

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Carol

    Gods speed in your recovery Sen Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    oh my goodness. we'll be praying for you senator.

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Yvonne

    We pray for divine intervention and that Senator Kennedy will be healed miraculously in Jesus Name.

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Darryl

    May the lord bless Ted Kennedy and family at there time of need...

    Darryl

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Wow. God Bless Senator Kennedy, and hoping/praying things will be ok.

    May 20, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. shelly

    May God Bless you Senator.

    May 20, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. AKRON, OHIO OBOMA SUPPORTER

    MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU SEN. KENNEDY

    I THINK THE UNITED STATES SHOULD HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENTS TO PRAY FOR SEN. KENNEDY.

    May 20, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. AL

    Today, we life Senator Kennedy up in prayer because we know that while man can do great things in medicine, God can do all things. We pray that he will touch the hem of His garment and be made whole.

    May 20, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Tiffany

    From a loyal Bostonian: Senator, you are in our prayers!

    May 20, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Best wishes to Senator Kennedy and his family. Prayers and warm thoughts from our family to yours.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Adam, Los Angeles

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sen. Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. red white and BLUE

    I wish good health to Senator Kennedy, as I would for any other human being.

    Shame on all the hateful Hillary Clinton supporters who expressed happiness with Senator Kennedy's illness on this comment board.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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