Brain Cancer Takes Senator Edward Kennedy

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The Liberal Lion of Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 77, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod. His death came after more than a year-long struggle with brain cancer.

Kennedy’s brain cancer diagnosis was made in May 2008. His treatment included surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

Kennedy was first elected to the Senate in 1962. During his 47 years in office his achievements included such bills as provide health insurance for children of the working poor, the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Meals on Wheels for the elderly, abortion clinic access, family leave, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

He was unable to actually be physically present in the Senate much of this past year, but had continued to work on healthcare reform.

Kennedy’s death comes less than two weeks after the death of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Aug. 11. His health prevented him from attending her funeral.


Senator Edward Kennedy’s death is an enormous loss for his family, the Senate, and the United States of America.

There are two main types of brain cancer. Primary brain cancer starts in the brain. Metastatic brain cancer starts somewhere else in the body and moves to the brain.

Primary brain tumors can be benign, with no cancer cells, or malignant, with cancer cells that grow quickly.

Brain tumors can cause many symptoms. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of brain tumors are the following:

* Headaches, usually worse in the morning
* Nausea and vomiting
* Changes in your ability to talk, hear or see
* Problems with balance or walking
* Problems with thinking or memory
* Muscle jerking or twitching
* Numbness or tingling in arms or legs

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