Kennedy's Surgery a Success
Septuagenarian not expected to suffer lasting neurological effects
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 1:51 PM CDT
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is undergoing surgery at Duke University Medical Center Monday June 2, 2008 for his cancerous brain tumor. Kennedy expects to remain at Duke for one week to recuperate and then...   (AP Photo/Jim R .Bounds)
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(Newser) – Ted Kennedy emerged from brain surgery this afternoon in high spirits, the Boston Globe reports. Kennedy was awake for the excision of a malignant brain tumor, which took about 3½ hours. "I feel like a million bucks," said the 76-year-old senator. "I think I'll do that again tomorrow." He'll now undergo radiation and chemo.

"I am pleased to report that Sen. Kennedy's surgery was successful and accomplished our goals," said his surgeon, Allan Friedman of Duke University Medical Center—an unexpected choice for the Massachusetts lawmaker, but one of the best tumor surgeons in the world. "The man kept me alive while I was very, very ill," novelist Reynolds Price told the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'm very fond of him."