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. Michael in Lortton, Virginia

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Senator Kennedy.....Speedy recovery........we want to see you back in Congress.

    May 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Seth

    brain tumors suck

    May 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. @americans

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Senator Kennedy.
    The lion will live!

    Obama will carry your message!

    May 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. bernard, macon, ga.

    I think that no matter what party you belong to, no matter your gender, race or age, we need to stop for a minute and say a prayer for one of the most influential senators in my life time.
    Senator Kennedy, we pray that you have a full recovery of whatever any doctors may find. You keep the faith Senator.

    May 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Linda Esen

    Get well soon Teddy – we need you to help lay the foundation for the pages that Obama will turn

    May 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. joe

    i hope he pulls it through hes an icon in the world of politics

    May 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Les from Chesapeake, VA

    My sincerest wishes for a blessing from God that Senator Ted Kennedy will be healed. All the best.

    May 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. TK

    God bless you Senator Kennedy!

    May 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    So sorry to hear this. I pray for your Senator Kennedy for a speedy recovery.

    May 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Concerned American

    My prayers go out to Sen. Kennedy and his family at this time. By Jesus' stripes, he is healed. It is my prayer that the Kennedy family remain prayerful, faithful and confident in the God's word. Get better soon, Sen. Kennedy!!

    May 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WE WISH THE GREAT STATESMAN A COMPLETE AND

    SPEEDY RECOVERY. HE & HIS FAMILY ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.

    May 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. DemocratsUnited

    God Speed Senator Kennedy. My prayers are with you and your family. You and your family has been a legendary political force in this Country and we thank you for the decades of your dedicated service to this nation.

    May 20, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. carmen

    Thoughts and prayers with him and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. tomstock

    As someone who lost both his mother and mother's sister to a type of glioma, I wish Mr. Kennedy the best!

    May 20, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. a REAL American

    Although I've never agreed with Kennedy on anything, he is a true American who has always tried to do the right thing. You will be in my prayers.

    McCain '08

    May 20, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    That sucks .

    The nation is pulling for you.

    May 20, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Kathleen Eason

    To Honorable Ted Kennedy,
    Please know I wil go into prayer with this discovery that has any
    claim on your health and well-being. I know for a fact that nothing
    is impossible to God. The Lord Almighty has used you as a glorious, servant of God. The Lord does not bring you half-way and then drop you...The Lord Almighty is not fickle.
    I remain,
    Sincerely yours,
    Kathleen Eason & on Behalf of
    my dear friend, Deborah Burns,
    God Speed Recovery and Well-Being

    May 20, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Jerry

    For 30 years I just wished that Ted would just go away; but not like this.

    I pray for his health just as hard as I praied that he would his elections.

    May 20, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. GLORIA

    HE IS A GREAT HERO AND WILL BE BACK. WE WILL BE IN PRAYER FOR YOU IN OUR CHURCH. THE LORD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH DURING THIS TIME OF TRIALS. BELOVED DEM. LET UNIT BEHAIND HIM IN OUR PRAYERS. GO KENNEDY WE LOVE YOU.

    May 20, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Phil-Little Rock

    Godspeed in your recovery, Sen. Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Gerry

    All the prayers of all American's are with Ted Kennedy.

    May 20, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. caywen

    I don't know what to say except that, like his brothers, he's a great man and America hopes he gets through this.

    May 20, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. working girl

    my prayers go out to him and his family.

    May 20, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Tony C. - DC

    GET WELL TED. BET YOU HVE A GREAT HEALTHCARE PLAN!

    May 20, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    WE LOVE YOU.

    WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOUR FULL RECOVERY.

    OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY.

    May 20, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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