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Monday, June 2nd 2008

Kennedy Has 'Successful' Tumor Debulking

Senator Ted Kennedy went down to Durham today for the first step in treating his high grade glioma. He had part of his tumor removed by Dr. Allan Friedman.

“I am pleased to report that Sen. Kennedy’s surgery was successful and accomplished our goals,” Dr. Allan Friedman said in a written statement issued after the procedure.

“Sen. Kennedy was awake during the resection, and should therefore experience no permanent neurological effects from the surgery.”

That is, I imagine, kind’ve the key for these types of operations. First do no harm. Get out as much of the tumor as is feasible and leave as little neurological deficit as possible. Such is why patients are woken up for the actual part of the surgery where the tumor is debulked, so that the surrounding area can be ‘mapped’ and sensitive brain matter can be spared.

Kennedy scheduled to undergo radiation and chemotherapy back up in Massachusetts once he gets out of the hospital in Durham. He’s probably got six weeks of radiation therapy, which they might do first or while also starting the chemo at the same time. Then he’s probably got chemotherapy for months after that.

Good luck Senator Kennedy.