Kennedy's Prognosis Unclear

Patients diagnosed with his form of cancer typically live 1 to 5 years
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 1:37 PM CDT
In this Jan. 23, 2007, file photo, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. watch President Bush's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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(Newser) – The prognosis and treatment for Edward Kennedy are uncertain, doctors say. The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed today with brain tumor known as a malignant glioma—the same diagnosis some 9,000 Americans receive each year. The average survival time ranges from 1 to about 5 years, reports the Boston Globe.

Kennedy has already undergone a brain biopsy; one of his doctors said the course of treatment will be determined after more tests. "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," his medical team said in a statement.