Grim Outlook for Mass. Sen. Kennedy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Washington (AP) The diagnosis is grim for Senator Ted Kennedy.

A malignant Glioma is the worst kind of brain cancer, one that afflicts almost 9,000 Americans a year. Few live three years and for the worse subtype, half die within a year.

Kennedy’s doctors have not talked about surgically removing the tumor, an indication it may not be a possibility.

A neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says, considering the senator is 76-years-old, Kennedy may have a survival of less than a year.

Scientists are studying new approaches to fighting the deadly cancer, such as brewing up customized vaccines to help the body fight back. Glioma experts advise newly diagnosed patients to seek out specialized cancer centers and ask if they're a good candidate for a research study up front.

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