DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has checked out of a
North Carolina hospital after undergoing an aggressive and delicate
surgery to treat a cancerous brain tumor.
A spokeswoman at Duke University Medical Center says the
Massachusetts Democrat left the hospital in Durham on Monday.
Kennedy's office says the 76-year-old senator will recuperate at
home before starting the next phase of his treatment.
Kennedy was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma after
having a seizure at his Cape Cod home. A malignant glioma is a
lethal type of brain tumor and is diagnosed in about 9,000
Americans a year.
Kennedy underwent a risky, 3 ½-hour surgery a week ago to remove
as much of the tumor as possible. The procedure aims to improve the
success of chemotherapy and radiation.
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