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. Skyjuice in FL

    The old man is strong willed. He'll be fine.

    Long live the Kennedy family.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Erica, Atlanta

    Prayers to God for Senator Kennedy and family.

    May 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Anna, SW Missouri

    I am truly sorry to hear this. Sincere wishes for a favorable outcome to Senator Kennedy and his entire family.

    May 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Emit

    Best wishes Sen Kennedy – Will be praying for you!

    May 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Belle

    Please send warmest wishes to Senator Kennedy. I wish him all of the best.

    May 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Lavanda

    I am praying for you Senator Kennedy

    May 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. EC

    Our prayers go out to the Kennedy family during their time of need.

    May 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. dizizi

    Senator, Brain tumors are a serious thing. I wish you well. My oncologist after treating my cancer, died from a brain tumor. Life is precious enjoy the time you have with family and those that love you.

    May 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Inks

    I pray He has a speedy recovery.

    May 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. BillJ

    Well Ted.....sorry to hear the bad news....I thought something was
    wrong with you when you backed Obama.
    Hillary..................................08...................................................................

    May 20, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Kiah

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Senator Ted Kennedy and your speedy recovery.

    May 20, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Venus

    Prayers are with you Ted and your family!

    Hurry up and get well! We still need you and it would be nice to see you stand with Obama Jan/09!

    May 20, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Jeanne

    This is really sad news. I hope the doctors can successfully treat the tumor and Kennedy can continue to serve out his term.

    May 20, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Ed Olanrewaju - Virginia

    I don't care what political party you lean towards, with news like this and as Americans and God's children. We have to come together and pray for Senator Kennedy. He has been a champion for all Americans, particularly people without a voice in our soceity. May God grant him speedy recovery, and comfort to his family. I will be praying for him.

    May 20, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. georgia

    Praying to & trusting God for Sen. Kennedy's speedy & complete healing.
    God Bless the Kennedy family
    Amen

    May 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. dee harvey

    So sorry to hear that

    May 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. November can't come soon enough

    I will pray for the Senator and his famiy.

    May 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. cc for obama

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Sen. Kennedy and the entire Kennedy family.

    May 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Dee

    Our prayers go to the Kennedy family.

    May 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Barbara Dillinger

    A brain tumor; that's too sad. But it does explain why he was supporting Obama the last few weeks.

    May 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. YES WE CAN

    God Bless Ted Kennedy and his wonderful family. You are in our prayers. Hopefully, they can do surgery. While you are off you will be missed and Capitol Hill will miss you. A former Republican voting for Barack Obama.

    May 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Truth

    Hope he get better soon. I hope he will be a sugical candidate

    May 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Charles

    Best wishes to the Kennedy family. It is always trying when a family member is diagnosed with a major illness.

    Will light a candle for him and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. kathe oakland, california

    my prayers and thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and his family. He has been a great leader in the fight for the human spirit and I will be praying for him.

    I was disappointed in Bush – or maybe I did not hear his "whole" comments during his call to Kennedy because speaking with Senator Kennedy's wife and just saying 'take care of him' – what the hell is that. But then that is Bush be so glad when he is GONE

    May 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Kevin from NC

    Our prayers are with you Sen. Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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