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. JERRY

    THIS IS SAD NEWS BUT THE MSM DOES HIM A GREAT DISSERVICE BY TALKING ABOUT HIM LIKE HE'S DEAD ALREADY. TO LISTEN TO THEM THEY ARE READING FROM YESTERDAYS OBITUARIES.

    May 20, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Bill

    Doesn't sound so good. I'll say a prayer for Teddy and the Kennedys tonight. Perhaps they have caught it in time.

    May 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Richard

    Average survival in his age group 11-14 months, depending on size and location, if it is grade IV. "Malignant glioma" may also include one tumor which may do better (Oligodendroglioma) if he is lucky enough to have certain genetic abnormalities in the tumor itself. Lets hope it is the latter scenario. Tumor is likely in dominant side of his brain near the motor area which is not the best location.
    For anyone interested.
    Good luck Senator Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Marc

    Well, that explains his endorsement of Obama.

    Ha ha, just kidding, Ted. Get well soon.

    May 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    God speed Senator Kennedy. My mom had a brain tumor removed 6 years ago and you wouldn't know anything had happened to her. I will pray you have the same success.

    To anyone who uses this opportunity to disrespect Kennedy because you do not agree with his politics or use this blog to disrespect Hillary or Obama: SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!. This is someone's family and a fellow human being. Show some respect for life and dignity for yourself.

    May 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Condolences

    I hope he and his family can pull through. No matter what your political affiliation is, this man is a great public sevant.

    May 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Alexis

    WE SHALL WIN THE VICTORY FOR HIM!!!!

    OBAMA/ KENNEDY 2008

    May 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Rachel, VA

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sen. Kennedy. Get well soon...

    May 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Mike in Rumson

    God Bless you Senator you are in our prayers

    May 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Joseph Adewole

    He will surely be back and witness HISTORY made in America. He will surely live to declare God's work.......Get well soon; you are healled by HIS stripes.

    May 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. obamerican

    SEN TED KENNEDY,
    I WISH YOU QUICK RECOVERY AND A WHOLE KNEW STRENTH LIKE A 25 YRS OLD,I KEEP PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE TO GUIDE AND PROTECT THEM FROM THE ATTACKS OF THE ENEMIES.MAY THE ALMITHY GOD ENERGIZE YOU AND BRING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER SOON,WE(ME/MY FRIENDS)ALL FEEL DEEPLY FOR YOU AND GOD WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYERS ON YOUR BEHALF AMEN.
    I CVER YOU IN MY PRAYERS WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST AMEN

    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE GOOD AMERICANS.

    SUNNY (canada)

    May 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. LLC

    THIS IS NOT ABOUT OBAMA. MR KENNEDY HAS FAMILY> TEAR THIS PICTURE DOWN> THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO TO CAMPAIN FOR OBAMA> TAKE IT OFF AND PUT A PICTURE WITH HIS FAMILY>

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Bill in Illinois

    I hope that they found it soon enough that it can be treated effictively. Senator Kennedy and his family have my prayers and I am sure those of most of this nation.

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. California Girl

    My prayers are with Senator Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    OH MY GOD

    I FEEL SO BAD FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY
    MY HEPHEW DIED AT AGE 25 WITH A BRAIN TUMUR

    GOD BE WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY
    GOD BLESS AMERICAN AND OUR TROOPS

    GOD BLESS YOU TED

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. The Lone Ranger

    Best wishes to the senator for a speedy and complete recovery. I'm sure both friends and foes are praying for you.

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. AP

    Truly horrible. My prayers are with him and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Reese from NC

    I am in shock. I really wasn't expecting to hear this. I pray that the doctors have caught this early. Hopefully it is operable and he has a very good prognosis. No matter what nothing is to big for GOD to handle. Let him guide the doctors hands and Kennedy's heart. Bless them with knowledge and strength.

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Elaine

    Our prayers are with Senator Kennedy and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Tell It Like It Is

    Sen. Kennedy has government health insurance and personal wealth to cover his medical needs. Maybe this incident and Sen. Arlen Specter's ill health will bring to light the need to bring health insurance to the nation.
    Think of how affordable it may be if the public could buy into one of the health plans offered to government employees.

    May 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. mohamed

    the best setater that we ever had i hope he feel better

    May 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Ding, Washington, DC

    May God Almighty heal and bless you and your family!.

    May 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Farley B

    The Senator is well known and loved for his unfailing committment to the improvment to the human condition. We pray for his speedy recovery.

    May 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. leon

    Well god helps him.

    I do not sympathize with Senator Kennedy and I does not agree with most of his positions during his career but I hope he gets better.

    May 20, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Andy

    This is a great great man and I pray that he comes out of this as well as possible. My thoughts and prayers to this great man who's always fighting for the underdog, and his family.

    GOD BLESS!

    May 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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