BREAKING: Sen. Kennedy has malignant brain tumor

Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been hospitalized since suffering a seizure Saturday, has a malignant brain tumor and will be treated with radiation and chemotherapy. More here from NBC News.

Kennedy is a central figure on Capitol Hill in a number of areas that affect legal practitioners as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and as a longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee which oversees confirmation of federal judges.

A statement from Dr. Lee Schwamm, Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, and Dr. Larry Ronan, Primary Care Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital reads in part: “[P]reliminary results from a biopsy of the brain identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe. The usual course of treatment includes combinations of various forms of radiation and chemotherapy.

“Decisions regarding the best course of treatment for Senator Kennedy will be determined after further testing and analysis. 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.”

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