Sen. Kennedy Heading Home after Brain Tumor Diagnosis

05/21/2008 at 10:15 AM EDT

Sen. Kennedy Heading Home after Brain Tumor Diagnosis
Sen. Ted Kennedy
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U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., traveling to the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port following his brain tumor diagnosis, MSNBC reports.

The longtime Democratic senator from Massachusetts, diagnosed Tuesday with a malignant brain tumor, will rest at the family home in Cape Cod while awaiting further test results and treatment options over the Memorial Day weekend, doctors say.

Kennedy suffered a seizure and was airlifted 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 assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

Doctors said he has a tumor in his left parietal lobe but hasn't suffered any more seizures. Treatment usually involves a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, but brain tumors of this sort can be fatal for the patient within one to five years, experts say.

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