[QODLink]
Americas
Kennedy has 'successful' surgery
US Democratic senator still needs chemotherapy and radiation for brain cancer.
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2008 01:11 GMT
Edward Kennedy said he "felt like a million bucks" after the three and a half hour operation [AFP]
Edward Kennedy, the US senator, has had successful surgery to cut out as much of a cancerous brain tumour as possible, his surgeon says.
 
Allan Friedman, who performed the surgery at Duke University Medical Centre, said the delicate operation on Monday would be followed by chemotherapy and radiation.
"I feel like a million bucks. I think I'll do that again tomorrow," Kennedy, the 76-year-old Massachusetts Democrat, was quoted by a family spokeswoman as telling his wife immediately afterwards.

Doctors said Kennedy was awake for much of the three and a half hour surgery.

 

Kennedy is only surviving brother of John F Kennedy, the US president who was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

 

His brother Robert Kennedy was also assassinated in 1968, shortly after he announced his bid for the US presidency.

 

The eldest brother, Joseph Patrick Kennedy, was killed in World War II.

 

Kennedy was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, an often lethal type of brain tumour.

 

Cutting a tumour down to size is especially delicate because of the risk of harming healthy brain tissue that governs movement and speech.

 

But Friedman, the top neurosurgeon at Duke and an internationally known tumour and vascular surgeon, said Kennedy should not experience any permanent neurological effects.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.