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US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the veteran lawmaker from Massachusetts who is the last surviving brother in the legendary Kennedy family, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, his doctors said today.
Specialists in Boston and around the country said the information released indicated that Kennedy has terminal cancer and might have only a limited time to live.
Kennedy's doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, who had been investigating the cause of a seizure that led to Kennedy's hospitalization this weekend, said that preliminary results from a brain biopsy indicated the seizure had been caused by a tumor in the top left portion of his brain.
The usual course of treatment for the tumor -- a malignant glioma -- includes combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy, Dr. Lee Schwamm, vice chairman of the neurology department at the hospital, and Dr. Larry Ronan, Kennedy's primary care physician, said in a statement.
The doctors said decisions regarding the best course of treatment for the 76-year-old senator would be determined after further testing and analysis.
But other specialists said that the diagnostic details released by the hospital indicated that Kennedy has terminal brain cancer and most likely less than three years to live -- perhaps much less.
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I wish him the best ending to his life that is possible; however I'll be watching baseball tonight to avoid the certain ballwashing that is to come.
Haha, feel however you want, I'm not the appropriate reaction police. I don't look forward to the grandiose and overblown stories about him either though, and I won't be watching them. I just know what some people will say, and I just think that restraint in a situation like this is the best for all involved.
When we make threads about all the children or young parents who die of cancer everyday I'll comment. Otherwise ... he's lived a good life ... why such horror when a human is ready to go to the other side?