Kennedy has surgery for brain tumour

VETERAN US politician Edward Kennedy was undergoing surgery yesterday on his cancerous brain tumour.

The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, an especially lethal type of brain tumour.

He was having surgery at Duke University Medical Centre for his cancerous brain tumour and then faces chemotherapy and radiation treatment, his office said.

A statement from the Massachusetts Democrat’s office said the surgery would take place yesterday, by one of the nation’s top neurosurgeons, Dr Allan Friedman.

“I am deeply grateful to the people of Massachusetts and to my friends, colleagues and so many others across the country and around the world who have expressed their support and good wishes as I tackle this new and unexpected health challenge,” Kennedy said in the statement.

He expects to remain at the North Carolina facility for a week and will begin further treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital and start chemotherapy.

Kennedy said he and his wife, Vicki, “along with my outstanding team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, have consulted with experts from around the country and have decided the best course of action for my brain tumour is targeted surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation.”

He said: “I look forward to returning to the United States Senate and to doing everything I can to help elect Barack Obama as our next president.”

Kennedy was taken into hospital last month after a seizure. Doctors later announced that he had a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe, a brain region that governs sensation but also plays some role in movement and language.


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