Kennedy Released, Returning to Cape Cod

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CBNNews.com -BOSTON -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was released from the hospital Wednesday, while doctors consider the best ways to treat his deadly brain tumor.

His doctors said the Massachusetts Democrat "has recovered remarkably quickly" from a biopsy conducted after he suffered a seizure last weekend at his home on Cape Cod.

He will await further test results and treatment options while recovering at home over the Memorial Day weekend, the doctors said in a statement.

The 76-year-old Massachusetts political giant, the last son in a famed political family, was diagnosed with a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe - which helps govern sensation, movement and language - after suffering a seizure in his home Saturday morning.

He was released from the the hospital Wednesday while doctors weigh their options. They're said to be considering radiation and chemotherapy. The doctors did not mention surgery -- which has led some to believe that the tumor is inoperable.

Roughly 9,000 Americans are diagnosed with malignant gliomas each year; in general, half of all patients die within a year.

"It's treatable but not curable. You can put it into remission for a while but it's not a curable tumor," said Dr. Suriya Jeyapalan, a neuroncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Still -- Kennedy kept a positive outlook. He spent his time laughing and joking with family members at the hospital.

His wife, Vicki Kennedy, told friends the grim diagnosis was "a real curveball" that left his family stunned even as he joked and laughed with them, but expressed pride in how her husband was handling the news.

"Teddy is leading us all, as usual, with his calm approach to getting the best information possible," she wrote in an e-mail Tuesday to friends.

Kennedy has served on Capitol Hill since 1962.

He has been active for his age, maintaining an aggressive schedule on Capitol Hill and across Massachusetts.

The Kennedy family has seemingly been plagued with tragedy over the years. Kennedy's eldest brother, Joseph, died in a World War II plane crash; President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.

Ted Kennedy stunned the nation in 1969 when he drove his car off a bridge to Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island and a young female campaign worker drowned. Kennedy, who did not call authorities until the next day, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended two-month jail sentence.

Kennedy, the Senate's second-longest serving member, was re-elected in 2006 and is not up for election again until 2012.

Were he to resign or die in office, state law requires a special election for the seat 145 to 160 days afterward.

Source: The Associated Press

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