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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.

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