Posted June 2, 2008 – Sen. Ted Kennedy is at Duke University Medical Center to undergo surgery for his cancerous brain tumor.
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In a statement released shortly before his 9 a.m. (ET) surgery today, the 76-year-old senator said he would have "targeted surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation."
"This morning, I will be undergoing surgery with Dr .Allan Friedman at Duke University Medical Center and expect to remain there to recuperate for approximately one week," Kennedy said t.
"I am deeply grateful to the people of Massachusetts and to my friends, colleagues and so many others across the country and around the world who have expressed their support and good wishes as I tackle this new and unexpected health challenge," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said that after his treatment he looks "forward to returning to the United States Senate and to doing everything I can to help elect Barack Obama as our next president." Kennedy has endorsed Obama, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
A statement from the senator's spokesman said the surgery is expected to last about six hours.
Kennedy was hospitalized May 17 at Massachusetts General Hospital after undergoing a seizure at his home on Cape Cod. Doctors later announced that he had a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe, a brain region that governs sensation but also plays some role in movement and language. A malignant glioma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer.