Senator Ted Kennedy Undergoing Surgery for Malignant Brain Tumor at Duke Medical Center


The following managed to be a rather well kept secret. Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy is presently undergoing surgery at Duke University Medical Center for his previously diagnosed malignant brain tumor.

The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, an especially lethal type of brain tumor. A statement from the Massachusetts Democrat’s office said he would be operated on Monday morning in Durham, N.C., by Dr. Allan Friedman, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Anthony Coley, a Kennedy spokesman, said the surgery is expected to begin around 9 a.m. It is expected to last about six hours.

Kennedy to have brain surgery Monday

UPDATE I: Kennedy brain surgery ‘successful’

DURHAM, North Carolina (CNN) — An operation to remove a malignant tumor from Sen. Edward Kennedy’s brain was successful, and the Democrat should suffer no permanent damage from the procedure, his surgeon reported Monday.

One wonders how evasive the surgery really was. Having known many who have had brain surgery for malignant tumors, usually the surgery is much more evasive to be able to remove malignant tumors.

“Sen. Kennedy was awake during the resection, and should therefore experience no permanent neurological effects from the surgery.”

Friedman called the resection “just the first step” in Kennedy’s treatment plan, which is to include radiation and chemotherapy, to be carried out at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Ted Kennedy: ‘I feel like a million bucks’

Posted June 2, 2008 by
Healthcare, Politics | 9 comments

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “Senator Ted Kennedy Undergoing Surgery for Malignant Brain Tumor at Duke Medical Center”

    1. Bearlyhere on June 2nd, 2008 6:13 am

      It looks like I was not the only one surprised at the secrecy.

    2. steve on June 2nd, 2008 9:47 am

      Let the murderer die!

    3. Kevin on June 2nd, 2008 10:42 am

      Here is an idea. How about Sen. Kennedy go through the surgery, have his insurance deny payment for it because it’s “experimental”. Have him foot the responsibility for the Medical bills incurred. Then have him file Bankruptcy because he can’t pay for it while in the process get hasseled by creditors for non payment and then try to figure out how to pay for the 25 gallons of gas to get him to and from the hospital. Then maybe he will actually be able to represent the majority of Americans.

    4. da_wench on June 2nd, 2008 2:43 pm

      Ted, do you still think about Mary Jo?

    5. Ray on June 2nd, 2008 9:16 pm

      It would be Justice for Ted to spend the last days of his life seeing MARY JO in his dreams,and having flashbacks to CHAPPAQUIDDICK. Ted is no Better than JORAN VAN DER SLOOT. That is my humble opinion.

    6. Bearlyhere on June 2nd, 2008 9:23 pm

      “Frankly, I don’t mind not being president. I just mind that someone else is.”

      –Edward M. Kennedy,
      U.S. senator

    7. A New Girl on June 2nd, 2008 9:23 pm

      #3- kevin- good idea…I like the way you think.

      Here is also some trivial and probably useless information. I am born and brought up in Mass, and the buzz around Beantown is….

      Why is the National Media making such a big deal out of the Ted Kennedy story? Ok, as a human interest thing, we’re all sorry yet another person has to suffer with Cancer but we all LIVE here and even we DON’T get what makes this headline news every day???

      Ted Kennedy left a young woman to drown and ran away like a Coward. Cost him his chance at ever becoming President. And, it’s a miracle he even lived this long with how he abused his body with food, drugs and alcohol. So, while I personally wish him no harm, I don’t think I’ll be shedding any tears for the man when he eventually passes away either. What a windbag he is. Fighter my ass, I still think what he did to Mary Jo Kopeckne was despicable.

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      [...] sooner was it reported that Ted Kennedy, the senior Senator from Massachusetts was recuperating well falling surgery on his malignant [...]

    9. cuthean on June 3rd, 2008 4:30 pm

      I hope Teddy slips into an aware vegetative state , has dozens of mini seizures, and has his cancer spread throughout his body until he is almost fully rotted from the inside, and ultimately, DIES…..too bad this didn’t happen in 1964.

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