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Sen. Edward Kennedy Diagnosed with Malignant Brain Tumor

05/20/2008 at 01:25 PM EDT

Sen. Edward Kennedy Diagnosed with Malignant Brain Tumor
Sen. Edward Kennedy
Peter Morrison/AP
Edward "Ted" Kennedy, the longtime Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, his doctors announced Tuesday.

Kennedy suffered a seizure and was taken by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital Saturday morning after being treated at the Cape Cod Hospital emergency room. The 76-year-old liberal stalwart is the last living brother of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.

Doctors said he has a tumor in his left parietal lobe but hasn't suffered any more seizures. They haven't decided on a treatment yet, but it usually involves a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. Kennedy will remain at the hospital for a couple more days.

"He remains in good spirits and full of energy," Dr. Lee Schwamm and Dr. Larry Ronan said in a statement.
Michael Y. Park

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