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Sen. Kennedy to be released from hospital following brain cancer surgery, office says

Sen. Kennedy to be released from hospital following brain cancer surgery, office says

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will be released from the hospital Monday a week after undergoing an aggressive and delicate surgery to treat a cancerous brain tumor, his office said in a statement.
"His doctors are pleased with his progress since surgery a week ago, and he will continue to recuperate at home before starting the next phase of his treatment," the statement said. "He is thankful for the extraordinary care of the doctors and nurses at Duke, and also for the continued prayers and well wishes from the people of Massachusetts and all over the country."
The veteran Democratic senator, a brother of the late President John F. Kennedy, was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, a lethal type of brain tumor, after having a seizure at his Cape Cod, Massachusetts, home. A malignant glioma is one of the worst kinds of brain cancer, and malignant gliomas are diagnosed in about 9,000 Americans a year.
Kennedy, 76, underwent the risky, 3 1/2-hour surgery last Monday to remove as much of the tumor as possible, a procedure aimed at improving the success of chemotherapy and radiation.
"It went better than anyone expected," his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, told the Providence Journal from the Rhode Island Democratic Convention on Sunday.
He said his father is looking forward to returning to the Senate and working with Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama on universal health care legislation should the Illinois senator win the White House. Obama faces Republican John McCain in the November election.
"That is what he is talking and thinking about," Kennedy said. "It adds a great deal of poignancy to his recovery. But that's how he sees it _ he has to recover so he can get health care for the millions of people who don't have access to the care that we do."
Kennedy told the newspaper that his father wants to begin writing the legislation this year so it would be ready if Obama was victorious.
Kennedy's family and doctors have released few details about the particular type of tumor, which plays a key role in determining his survival odds. Some cancer specialists have said Kennedy appears to have a glioblastoma multiforme _ a serious and tough-to-remove type of tumor _ because other kinds are more common in younger people.
Doctors familiar with the type of surgery have said it almost never leads to a cure, but radiation or chemotherapy treatments have a better chance of success because there's less tumor to fight.
Doug Stokke, a spokesman at Duke, did not comment about when Kennedy will be released. Stokke said all updates on Kennedy's condition would come from his family.


Updated : 2020-12-03 12:50 GMT+08:00