Washington Reeling As Seriousness of Kennedy Cancer Is Understood

The news of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s malignant brain tumor, and just how serious it is, has shocked Washington. The prognosis doesn’t bode well for Kennedy.


What kind of tumor is this? From the Boston Globe.

More from the Globe:

One expert, Dr. Joseph Madsen, a neurosurgeon at Children’s Hospital Boston, said the diagnosis was “very sad news.”

“High-grade glio-malignancies” such as Senator Kennedy has “are unfortunately the most common kind of brain tumor in this age group, and they have a poor prognosis for long-term survival,” he said.

They can also be very debilitating during treatment, Madsen said, and Kennedy’s tumor is in an area where it may well eventually affect his speech.

Part of CNN’s coverage of Kennedy’s malignant brain tumor diagnosis. Their on-the-air doctor, Sanjay Gupta, takes a look at what all of this means.

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