Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Ted Kennedy - Brain Tumor
I wrote about Senator Kennedy's seizure yesterday and now the results of a biopsy show he has a malignant brain tumor. Unfortunately he has a glioma in the left upper part of his brain, the parietal lobe. At age 76, Senator Kennedy's prognosis is poor because gliomas, particularly in the parietal lobe are difficult to treat.
The cause of glioma brain cancer is unknown and it is not linked to smoking or alcohol. Most gliomas present with a seizure or headaches. These are fast growing malignancies and they don't spread to other parts of the body.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:34 PM