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. Christy

    Glad they know now and can treat him. We need him.

    May 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. God Bless America

    Continuing to Pray for the "True" Senator and the Kennedy Family.

    May 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Chris from Delmar

    Prayers.

    May 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. John B. From New Hampshire

    Our Prayers are with Sen. Kennedy and the Kenendy family. After losing my father to brain cancer last year, i know how truly tough that is and how helpless it can make you feel. All the best, be strong!

    John- From New Hampshire

    May 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Charles M

    Our prayers go out to him and I would hope everyone would send a prayer out to this Senator...no matter who you are what you stand for.

    Obama Supporter

    May 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Irishspaceonk

    Our thoughts are with you Ted.

    May 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. The Oracle

    I hope he gets well. But this may signal the end.

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

    Our thoughts prayers and heart go out to Senator Kennedy. He served and represented himself and his family well and we will continue to honor and celebrate his life and commitment to excellence and loyalty to our country. We wish him the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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

    wish you well

    May 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. mama4obama

    Wow. This is awful. I wish Ted and his family all the best. My thoughts and prayers go out to you sir.

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

    Wow.

    My deepest condolences.

    May 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    Senator, you have my prayers. You are a great man and have always fought for americans. God Bless you.

    May 20, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Marty Klein

    Sad, and yet even more sad–Mary Jo Kopechne has been dead for 40 years ...

    May 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. New Day

    Best Wishes, Teddy!!! You can beat this!!!

    May 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. kristen in PA

    so sad.
    best wishes to the kennedy family in this tough time

    May 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. mmartin arkansaw

    GOD bless him and his family.our prayers are with you all.

    May 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. zina

    No! My prayer are with this true patriot...

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

    My prayers go out to him and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Sad story. Best wishes for a full recovery, Senator Kennedy!

    May 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Mia and Mike

    Oh no, I was so hoping it was nothing serious. I am a nurse and know that this is not a good prognosis at all. Sen. Kennedy, my family's thoughts and prayers are forever with you. May God bless you and give you the strength to overcome such obstacles.

    May 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Does he lose his super vote? The curse of the Kennedy's is still as strong as ever.

    May 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Son of Liberty

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours Sen. Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. buckeye in GA

    Best wishes to you, Sen. Kennedy.

    Despite his shortcomings (and all of us have them), you have to respect what this man has done for the Democratic party.

    May 20, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. pmn

    May God grant a successful recovery.

    May 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. IceMountain, michigan

    May God help him get better. Irespective of whether you like or don't like him, in the face of illness we're all human and should pray for him.

    May 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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