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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soundoff (343 Responses)
  1. OBAMA WILL WIN

    My prayers are with you Sen. Kennedy...God bless you & your family.

    GO OBAMA........

    May 20, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. vw

    Hope Kennedy feels better soon.
    It is likely that he should not get involved in any Democratic presidential candidates.

    May 20, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Connie

    May God watch over Senator Kennedy and his family.

    May 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. jr

    May God's eternal light shine down on him as our prayers go out to him and his family. Keep fighting the good fight.

    May 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Concerned

    Shocking news, thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Kennedy, his family and indeed all his colleagues at the Senate who must be shell shocked that such a great American and a true friend of theirs has fallen ill.

    May 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Jane L.

    I believe Sen. Kennedy is a true patriot; he has served his country well, and I surely wish him a full recovery.

    May 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. H-ROD

    MY GOD BE THERE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND SPEED YOUR RECOVERY !!!

    May 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Jim Wade

    Nothing like a bad diagnosis to bring out the christians. Best of luck to you Mr. Kennedy you are a great man! If I was religious I am sure I would pray for you.

    May 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Orisseau Acelas

    I am very saddened by these news. My thoughts , and prayers are with Ted. I hope he will get better soon. May the Lord be with him

    May 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Nicole

    Get well Senator, you're a fighter. In my prayers.

    May 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. coraljones

    Dear Senator,
    Look to your higher power for healing and understanding. Thank you, for being a wonderful senator and supporting many issues that were very important to me and the democratic party.

    God speed in your recovery,

    Coral Jones

    May 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Andrea,NY

    I am very sorry to hear this news. It is depressing

    May 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Elisabeth

    It´s disgusting and insensitive that CNN.com.live is showing pictures from Ted Kennedys endorsement of Barack Obama.

    May 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. H Martin

    May Gods healing hand be on you Senator Kennedy, you and your family will be in our prayers.

    May 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Karen, North Carolina

    We love you Sen Kennedy. Best wishes on your recovery.

    May 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Philly Kid

    For the Kennedy family in this dark time, that they may find comfort in God and may the Senator regain his good health, we pray to the lord...
    (cue...

    May 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Ray

    Prayers for the Kennedy family in these trying times.

    May 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Ray jay

    God watch over you Senator. Your family and you were the reason I got into politics years ago and have always looked at you all as family.
    Our prayers go out to you and wish for a speedy recovery.
    My 102 year old mother sends her prayers

    A Canadian that has watched the Kennedy's over 48 years

    May 20, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Emma

    Thank you Senator Kennedy for all of your support in helping to make this country great!

    Get well wishes to you and I hope your personal bout with this recent diagnosis will be won.

    WISHES FOR A SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY!

    May 20, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Senator Kennedy and your family. You are a "giant among men"......speedy recovery........and remember........we want you back in Congress.

    May 20, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Elizabeth in Seattle

    I am depply saddened by the news about Senator Kennedy. My thoughts and prayesr are with the Kennedy Family. Remember Senator Kennedy is a fighter. Can't this family get a break!

    May 20, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Rising above the fray

    This man has a brain tumor and you are politicizing it because he supports the candidate you don't support? Really?

    I will pray for you!

    May 20, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Lazarito

    DON'T NEED TO WORRY !!AMERICA WILL HAVE TED KENNEDY BACK DOING MUCH MUCH MORE FOR THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Addis - observer

    ... Let God b with the Senator. He will b okey, i hope!

    May 20, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Gretchen

    Whether you agree with him politically, he has served his country well. May God bless and take care of him.

    May 20, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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