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Kennedy's Brain Surgery Deemed 'Successful'

June 02, 2008 03:21 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The doctors of Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said that he would not suffer any "permanent neurological effects" following his brain surgery on Monday.

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Kennedy was awake during the three-and-a-half hour surgery to remove his brain tumor, reported CNN.

A Kennedy family spokeswoman told reporters around 2 p.m. that doctors at Duke University Medical Center had completed the operation.

Kennedy's office had announced earlier that the surgery was to begin at 9 a.m. and would take about six hours. He is expected to recuperate for about a week and will begin radiation and chemotherapy after the surgery.

In a statement, Kennedy said that he will wait until he is finished with all treatments before returning to Washington. “After completing treatment, 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.”

Senator Kennedy, 76, suffered a seizure last month while at his family's compound in Hyannisport, Mass. Doctors concluded that the cause of the seizure was a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe.

His prognosis will depend on the tumor's characteristics and the patient himself, said brain cancer survivor Bernadine Healy, M.D., in U.S. News & World Report. "If there is one thing we know about this patient, it's that he's a determined fighter," Healy says.

Malignant gliomas make up more than half of the 18,000 primary malignant brain tumors that are diagnosed every year, CNN reported.

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