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Kennedy's Battle Against Brain Cancer

Written by: on 28th August 2009 |
Kennedy's Battle Against Brain Cancer  | read this item

When cancer cells invade the brain of a person, survival rate is very slim. Despite his treatment plans at various medical centers, Edward Ted Kennedy, a democratic senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years ended the battle just a year after his surgery.

It was in his medical history that Kennedy suffered a seizure last May 17, 2008 while on a walk with his dogs at his own home in Hyannis Port. He then undergo a brain biopsy that revealed a tumor known as malignant glioma in the the left parietal lobe.

A glioma is a type of cancer that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. The cause of glioma tumors remain idiopathic. Patients with this kind of tumor does not have a genetic risk factors and connections or whatsoever with lifestyle are still vague. Glomias are known to grow into the brain at the site of origin and barely spread to other parts of the body.

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According to a 2005 study of the AMA or the American Medical Association, Malignant gliomas are considered to be the second most common cause of cancer fatality for persons aged 15 to 44 years old.

Kennedy’s health care providers did not actually specify the type of malignant glioma he had. But according to Dr. Tara Morrison, a neuro-oncologist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majority are glioblastomas especially to older patients.

The most common primary brain tumor that is aggressive and deadly is the Glioblastoma Multiforme. Often diagnosed at the age of 55 and it is believed that it is unusual for glioblastoma to recur after treatment.

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