Fox News is reporting:
BOSTON — Sen. Ted Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, FOX News confirms.
Doctors for the Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday that “preliminary results” from tests conducted on Kennedy after a seizure sent him to the hospital over the weekend confirmed the diagnosis.
“Preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe,” the doctors said in a statement, adding that treatment would likely include “combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy.”
The doctors said that he was in “good condition” and had not suffered any more seizures since Saturday.
“Decisions regarding the best course of treatment for Senator Kennedy will be determined after further testing and analysis,” they said. “Senator Kennedy will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for the next couple of days according to routine protocol. He remains in good spirits and full of energy.”
The 76-year-old senator has been hospitalized in Boston since Saturday, when he was airlifted from Cape Cod after a seizure at his home.
Kim: I just saw this of Fox news a few minutes ago. As much as I can’t stand the man’s politics, this is very sad. I don’t wish anything like that on anyone. Senate leadership will speak about Kennedy’s diagnosis shortly. You can watch the live stream on Fox News here.
Update (Lorie): Being a North Carolinian, many of my memories of Ted Kennedy are tied to Jesse Helms. Helms and Kennedy were actually pretty cordial to each other, as were many of their generation — politicians from opposite ends of the spectrum who put aside their differences when they walked off the Senate floor. Helms and Kennedy used each other as liberal/conservative boogey men when it came to fundraising, though, and I don’t think either took it personally. I have often heard conservative politicians who served with Kennedy speak fondly of their friendships with him. As the many retrospectives of Kennedy’s life in politics will surely run it will be interesting to see how Kennedy is portrayed, both in terms of his individual career in politics as well as his role in the Kennedy family legacy.