Kennedy’s doctor’s statement focused on the 3½-hour operation, which was performed at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. “I am pleased to report that Sen. Kennedy’s surgery was successful and accomplished our goals,” Dr. Allan Friedman said in a written statement issued after the procedure.
“Sen. Kennedy was awake during the resection, and should therefore experience no permanent neurological effects from the surgery.”
Friedman called the resection “just the first step” in Kennedy’s treatment plan, which is to include radiation and chemotherapy, to be carried out at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Paging Dr. Gupta Blog: Mapping Ted Kennedy’s brain
According to the National Cancer Institute, the median survival rates for malignant glioma are three to five years for those with less aggressive tumors; more severe types of the cancer usually cause death in less than a year. Kennedy’s medical staff has not indicated the grade of his tumor.