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. MP-Pennsylvania

    Get well soon senator.....

    Our thoughts are with you.....

    We love the way you got health care plan for children during Bill Clintons presidency despite the fact president didn't like it.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Mike Lorain, OH

    Keep your posts polite people, please...for God's sake, this is what make politics so ugly.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Republican in Idaho

    This is a sad day. I wish him and his family all the best. They will be in prayers.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Elly

    Prayers and thoughts for Senator Kennedy...Stay positive Sir

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Deana, MD

    OMG, I will be praying for him.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Tony Z- MD

    This is unfortunate.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. NO-BAMA

    I'll refrain from commenting on him to avoid being rude and insensitive.

    May 20, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    What horrible news. That poor family. Senator Kennedy and his family are in my thoughts and prayers

    May 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Joel King

    Our prayers go out to the Kennedy family.

    May 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Greg, NY

    Wow, I really hope they're able to do something for him.

    (Cue the 'good riddance' quotes from the hate-filled, heartless bloggers around here.)

    You may not like Senator Kennedy as a Senator, you may not like him as a person. But he is the member of a loving family, think of how you would feel if it was you or someone you loved that was in this situation.

    May 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Herman in LA

    My heart goes out to you senator Kennedy we love you so much. Get well and my god bless you and your family.

    May 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. The Truth

    Our thoughts go out to Sen. Kennedy and his family for a speedy and full recovery.

    May 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Tjaye

    Please just pray or send good wishes. Let's not use this page for anything nasty or negative.

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

    ALL THE BEST TO YOU SIR.

    May 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. paul stevens

    Horrible question, but if he dies- does his superdelegate vote still count?

    May 20, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. sheryl

    Oh god, my hopes and prays are with Senator Kennedy and his family!!!

    May 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. sad news

    this is sad to hear. Thank you for you service to this country Senator Kennedy, I hope that you recover and know that you are in my families prayers.

    May 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Scott, Wichita

    The story says the exact same thing as the headline.
    Hope he has a quick recovery, but I wonder if this means he's gonna step down from his congressional post

    May 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Linned

    God bless and be with Senator Kennedy and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Obama '08, Chicago, IL

    Please get well sir, I am praying for you. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.

    We also need you to be fit and ready to introduce the new President Obama and First Lady Michelle to the inaugural ball in January.

    God Bless You, Sen. Ted.

    May 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Amber

    Perhaps he has accomplished his mission on Earth.

    Thank you, Senator Kennedy, for all you have done for the American people.

    May 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. carol

    I hope and pray for Senator Kennedy and his family because we all love the Kenndey family
    Prays are with you and yours
    Walter and Carol

    May 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Best wishes to Ted and his entire family....

    May 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. MB

    May the LORD bless his heart and we pray and hope he gets better soon.

    May 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Mary

    Singing Jalisco no te jarres cause it? I knew something was going on with him when he openly endorsed Obama.

    May 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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