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    The Mass General doctor was right on the money!!! When my daughter, a 16 year cancer survivor of a malignant brain tumor (pineal blastoma), had her tumor removed at the age of 16, she was operated on by a doctor (the top of his field, we were told) from Duke. I will be forever greatful to that man for saving my daughter's life. That, chemo and radiation along with my daughter's very strong will and positive attitude have allowed her to live 15 years (and running) longer than the doctors prognosed.

    Senator Kennedy will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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    I always thought highly of the Kennedy's and their zest for life. They did have their downside but everybody does. I believe in moving forward and not looking back. I think they all had a special way in which they lived life to the fullest. All of them were very strong in mind and body and Ted Kennedy has longevity on his side. Many people don't even get to his age and don't have brain tumors. If it's meant to be he will live many more yrs, if not he will live the remainder of his years to the fullest.
    Fifteen yrs ago I was given 6 mos to a year to live, well, here I am and it proves God has the last say, not doctors.

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    God has the last say, not doctors.
    Right on Shepgirl!!! My daughter is living proof.

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    They say he was awake for most of the operation. The cancer would never have had a chance to kill me, I'd have been so scared, I would have died of fright.
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    They say he was awake for most of the operation. The cancer would never have had a chance to kill me, I'd have been so scared, I would have died of fright.
    From what I understand and saw on TV, there's no pain and he would be able to even converse w/the doctors while the surgery was in progress. Surgery certainly has come a long way, hasn't it? When I had my brain surgery in the Dark Ages (1951 LOL), they drilled a hole in the base of my skull and bled me, much like medieval times, w/the hope that pressure on my brain would be relieved. Instead, it paralyzed the left side of my body. (I've since recovered, thankfully.) Ted Kennedy made the brave and right decision to have this surgery. Who knows how long it may have extended his life. I know what you mean, though. It's scary to think that the doctors are in there, gettin' busy w/my brain, while I'm wide awake!
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    He was asleep while they were getting down into his brain. Once they got past the dura, the brain does not feel pain.

    They wanted him awake so they would know if they were going too far with the resection. The left parietal lobe controls speech and his right sided movement. They certainly didn't want him to wake up unable to move or communicate!

    Once they finished with the resection, he was put under once again.

    His head was also immobilized, so he couldn't move it by accident.

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    Kennedy returns to Cape Cod after surgery

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    Kennedy returns to Cape Cod after surgery

    The Associated Press

    Mon. June. 9 2008 9:51 PM ET

    BOSTON — Fresh from his hospitalization for an aggressive surgery on a cancerous brain tumour, Senator Edward M. Kennedy announced it was "good to be home'' at his family's Cape Cod compound Monday and headed out for a sail.

    Kennedy left the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., on Monday morning and arrived at his family's Hyannis Port compound just before noon. With his thick white hair visible beneath a beige, wide-brimmed hat, he told reporters he felt "good to be home, good to be here.''

    Within hours, he went out sailing with his wife, Vicki. It was the same homecoming routine he followed last month when he was released from a Boston hospital after being diagnosed with a malignant glioma, a lethal type of brain tumour. A malignant glioma is one of the worst kinds of brain cancer, and malignant gliomas are diagnosed in about 9,000 Americans a year.

    "His doctors are pleased with his progress since surgery a week ago, and he will continue to recuperate at home before starting the next phase of his treatment,'' Kennedy's office said in a statement. "He is thankful for the extraordinary care of the doctors and nurses at Duke, and also for the continued prayers and well wishes from the people of Massachusetts and all over the country.''

    Kennedy, 76, underwent the risky, 3 1/2-hour surgery last Monday to remove as much of the tumour as possible, a procedure aimed at improving the success of chemotherapy and radiation. His surgeon at Duke, Dr. Allan Friedman, said Monday that Kennedy "is making an excellent recovery.''

    "He will continue his recuperation at home in Massachusetts under the supervision of the very capable doctors at the Massachusetts General Hospital,'' Friedman said in a statement.

    Kennedy's son, Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), said he planned to have dinner with his father Monday night.

    "My dad's doing great,'' the younger Kennedy said Monday after an appearance at Brown University. "He's benefited enormously from the surgery he received and he's on his way home, and we're so fortunate that, you know, he's going back to the place that he loves. ... Always makes him feel great being near the ocean.''

    Patrick Kennedy told the Providence Journal on Sunday his father was looking forward to returning to the Senate and working with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on universal health care legislation should the Illinois senator win the White House.

    "That is what he is talking and thinking about,'' Kennedy said. "It adds a great deal of poignancy to his recovery. But that's how he sees it -- he has to recover so he can get health care for the millions of people who don't have access to the care that we do.''

    Kennedy told the newspaper that his father wants to begin writing the legislation this year so it would be ready if Obama was victorious.

    Kennedy's family and doctors have released few details about the particular type of tumour, which plays a key role in determining his survival odds. Some cancer specialists have said Kennedy appears to have a glioblastoma multiforme -- a serious and tough-to-remove type of tumour -- because other kinds are more common in younger people.

    Doctors familiar with the type of surgery have said it almost never leads to a cure, but radiation or chemotherapy treatments have a better chance of success because there's less tumour to fight.

    "The senator and his wife Vicki are wonderful people, and I hope you will join me in wishing them the best as they continue their difficult journey to fight this disease,'' Friedman said. "Their courageous and positive attitude is a lesson for us all.''
    "Life is like an elevator. On your way up, sometimes you have to stop and let some people off." -- Author Unknown

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    I always "argue" with medical people that I will get better faster at home, so I am glad, for his sake, that he was allowed to go home.

    I spent 5 days in the hospital for my brain surgery, and was QUITE ready to leave when the time came.
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    Wife reports Sen. Ted Kennedy completes chemo treatment

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    Wife reports Sen. Ted Kennedy completes chemo treatment
    By Hillary Chabot
    Saturday, July 26, 2008 - Added 3d 1h ago

    An upbeat U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy completed his last day of radiation and chemotherapy treatment yesterday, according to an e-mail to friends and family from wife Vicki Kennedy.

    “He remained strong and was able to stay on schedule throughout this shock-and-awe phase of the treatment and his doctors - and we - are enormously pleased with his progress,” Vicki said in an e-mailed update sent yesterday.

    The senior senator was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor after suffering a seizure at his Cape home on May 17. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor and has been treated at Massachusetts General Hospital since.

    “As you can imagine, after six weeks, we’ve really come to know and respect the entire Mass. General treatment team - doctors, nurses and technicians - and, even in the midst of this very serious business, we’ve shared a lot of laughter. But that’s not surprising to those of us who love and know Teddy - there’s always laughter when he’s around,” Vicki wrote.

    Longtime Kennedy friend Phil Johnston said the 76-year-old senator has been very upbeat throughout his treatment.

    “He’s got considerable energy, he’s on the boat virtually every day and he’s enjoying himself as much as he can on the Cape in the summer,” Johnston said.

    The final day of grueling chemo comes as Sen. John F. Kerry pledged to ride the Pan Mass challenge next week in honor of Kennedy. A cancer survivor himself, Kerry sent an e-mail saying the bike ride this year is “for Ted.”

    “This year, it’s especially poignant and meaningful,” Kerry said in a written statement. “I’ll be thinking of him every mile of the ride across a state we both love.”
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    Kennedy Returns to Help Pass Medicare Bill

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    Kennedy Returns to Help Pass Medicare Bill

    By CARL HULSE and ROBERT PEAR
    Published: July 10, 2008

    WASHINGTON — Senator Edward M. Kennedy made an extraordinary return to the Senate on Wednesday to deliver Democrats a decisive victory on a signature health care issue despite his own treatment for brain cancer.

    Lauren Victoria Burke/Associated Press


    Senator Edward M. Kennedy, with his niece, Caroline Kennedy, entered the Capitol on Wednesday for the first time since his brain surgery.

    Mr. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, flown in virtual secrecy to Washington, stirred the normally staid chamber to a rousing ovation and moved many colleagues to tears when he made a surprise appearance in the Senate in the late afternoon to break a Republican filibuster on a Medicare bill.

    Looking steady but flushed in his first visit to the Capitol since his cancer was discovered in late May, Mr. Kennedy was quickly surrounded by senators who could barely keep from overwhelming him despite cautions to keep their distance because his treatments have weakened his immune system.

    Democrats were overjoyed and Republicans stood, smiled and applauded as well, though some looked uneasy as it dawned on them that once again Mr. Kennedy was about to hand them a stinging defeat on health care policy. The defeat was sealed once Mr. Kennedy delivered a clear “aye” in his familiar but recently absent baritone accompanied by twin thumbs-up.

    “I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be able to express my voice and my vote,” Mr. Kennedy told reporters as he left the Capitol to return to Massachusetts and resume his treatments.

    Mr. Kennedy’s appearance was the product of a covert operation coordinated with Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, after the bill to block a cut in doctor fees paid by Medicare fell one vote short two weeks ago. Few Democrats were made aware of the plan until minutes before the vote, and Republicans were blindsided, giving them no time to plot a counterstrategy.

    Mr. Reid escorted Mr. Kennedy into the chamber along with Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, the Democratic presidential contender who was in the Senate for the Medicare vote as well as an earlier terror surveillance vote. Also serving as informal bodyguards were Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island, Mr. Kennedy’s son.

    Mr. Dodd said that Mr. Kennedy’s medical team had cautioned against the visit but that Mr. Kennedy would not be deterred.

    “This is an act of courage,” said Mr. Dodd, a close friend.

    Many of Mr. Kennedy’s staff members watched from the Senate gallery along with his wife, Victoria, and his niece Caroline Kennedy.

    Once it became clear that Democrats had the votes to push the bill through, Republican resistance collapsed and the procedural obstacle was cleared on a vote of 69 to 30. The measure now goes to the White House, which has threatened a veto.

    Tony Fratto, a White House spokesman, said there was “nothing to indicate” a change in the veto threat, but “it’s always the president’s decision.”

    Nine Republicans switched their votes, providing enough for a veto override if the White House makes good on its threat and all senators stick with their position.

    “Without Ted Kennedy, we wouldn’t have gotten the extra nine votes,” said Mr. Reid, who aides said was laughing uproariously in the cloak room after they pulled off the victory. “They knew the die had been cast, so they gave up.”

    Senate officials said Mr. Kennedy had been unhappy that his absence had hurt efforts to block the cuts, which some fear could make some doctors less willing to treat patients on Medicare, a program Mr. Kennedy has championed since he voted for its creation in 1965. They said he contacted Mr. Reid about the possibility of traveling to Washington, and the two senators and their staffs hatched the plan that was cemented Tuesday night.

    The bill would reverse a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors who care for millions of older Americans. The cut, required by a formula in the Medicare law, took effect on July 1, though the Bush administration has delayed processing new claims for two weeks, to give Congress time to come up with a compromise.

    The bill had overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, where it was passed by a vote of 355 to 59 on June 24.

    President Bush and many Republican senators have opposed the measure, in part because it would finance a small increase in Medicare payments to doctors by cutting federal payments to insurance companies that offer private Medicare Advantage plans, as an alternative to the traditional government-run program.

    “It has to be done in a bipartisan way, in a way that keeps alternatives for seniors in the private sector,” said Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, who was one of the original holdouts against the measure. But Mr. Cornyn ended up supporting it Wednesday, along with eight others who voted to block consideration of the measure just two weeks ago.

    Others who switched their votes at the last minute on Wednesday, just before the roll call ended, were Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Mel Martinez of Florida, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and John W. Warner of Virginia.

    In the last week, the American Medical Association has run radio and television advertisements putting pressure on 10 Republican senators, including five of those who changed their votes. Two senators singled out for criticism by the A.M.A., John E. Sununu of New Hampshire and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, are in competitive races, but stood firm in opposition to the bill.

    Jubilant Democratic political operatives quickly unleashed attacks, hammering Republican senators whether they had held firm in opposing the measure or switched sides to support.

    Senator John McCain, who was absent, addressed the Medicare vote on the campaign trail on Wednesday. He said Democrats were playing political games rather than addressing an important issue. He said he would have voted against the measure.

    Mr. Kennedy’s appearance is not the first by an ailing senator at a critical moment. In May 1985, Senator Pete Wilson, Republican of California, was taken by ambulance to the Capitol from Bethesda Naval Hospital where he had undergone an appendectomy and pushed into the chamber in a wheelchair, wearing a bathrobe and pajamas, to cast a critical vote in favor of President Ronald Reagan’s budget in May 1985.

    In June 1964, Senator Clair Engle, Democrat of California, dying of a brain tumor, was wheeled into the Senate chamber for two crucial votes on the Civil Rights Act.

    David M. Herszenhorn contributed reporting.
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