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Report: Sen. Kennedy has a brain tumor
http://www.boston.com ^ | 05/20/08 | AP

Posted on 05/20/2008 10:20:12 AM PDT by misterrob

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To: Puppage
Damage to the left parietal lobe can result in what is called "Gerstmann's Syndrome." It includes right-left confusion, difficulty with writing (agraphia) and difficulty with mathematics (acalculia). It can also produce disorders of language (aphasia) and the inability to perceive objects normally (agnosia).

Left parietal-temporal lesions can effect verbal memory and the ability to recall strings of digits (Warrington & Weiskrantz, 1977). The right parietal-temporal lobe is concerned with non-verbal memory.

I guess I'd want to know if I had little time left. It would give one time to make things right.

351 posted on 05/20/2008 6:54:10 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: misterrob

As I said before, I wish the Senator a complete recovery. I’m not quite ready to give up the comic relief.

That said...it says something about the observational powers of Massachusetts physicians that it took them the better part of eight decades to find a part of Ted that was malignant.


352 posted on 05/20/2008 6:54:38 PM PDT by RichInOC (...Evelyn Waugh, a role model for us all.)
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To: GAB-1955
It could happen, which would leave JPK’s seat open for election

What seat? Joseph Patrick Kennedy III retired from the U.S. Congress several years ago.

353 posted on 05/20/2008 7:00:14 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Scotswife

If money/resources can save him, he’ll be saved!

He seems to have been very lucky in life!


354 posted on 05/20/2008 7:01:40 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.; & Barry/Barack has two faces.)
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To: NautiNurse

That makes a great deal of sense.

I recently had a brain scan (MRI, for those in Loma Linda), and the waiting period until you get the radiologist’s report is agonizing.


355 posted on 05/20/2008 7:02:23 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: ladyjane; Dan(9698)
Melanomas do not turn into gliomas.

Gliomas are primary tumors. They neither orignate nor extend outside the nervous system. However, a metastatic (secondary) tumor could originate from cancer in another location. Melanoma is pretty high on the list when it comes to association with brain tumors.

Did Kennedy have melanoma at an earlier time?
356 posted on 05/20/2008 7:02:50 PM PDT by Das Outsider
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To: xJones

Thank God for small favors.


357 posted on 05/20/2008 7:03:11 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Not wanting to get banned,I won't reveal my complete thoughts on the matter.But if I did they would feature the frequent use of the word "hell". Boy,*that* should get the DUmmies going!

Not wanting to get banned, this is all i can say

358 posted on 05/20/2008 7:03:24 PM PDT by piroque
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To: misterrob
In before the thread lock...

The remaining comments are removed by "Sarajevo"

360 posted on 05/20/2008 7:08:18 PM PDT by Sarajevo (You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Dan(9698)
The first story posted said it was melanoma and it still might be the origin.

Source? I know quite a bit about brain tumors and I've been following the Kennedy story throughout the day. Your comment is the first and only one that has referenced melanoma. Every other story has described glioma, an aggressive primary cancerous tumor. A primary tumor means that it did not metastasize to the brain from another site. A glioma originates in the brain and grows very quickly.

361 posted on 05/20/2008 7:11:57 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Plants are people too)
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To: Chickensoup

I believe she had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.


362 posted on 05/20/2008 7:14:00 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: misterrob

You can post anything you want on this subject at Gretawire.com (check it out)


363 posted on 05/20/2008 7:14:17 PM PDT by blondee123 (Three (3) Democrats running for President in 2008!!!)
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To: Petronski
I hope he uses his time to draw closer to Him.

As I watched the news on this today, I was hoping and am hoping the same for him as well. At least he has some time to reconcile with the Lord, if he feels he needs to and wants to. If he had died instantly this past Saturday, he wouldn't have been afforded this luxury, this privilege.

365 posted on 05/20/2008 7:18:24 PM PDT by library user
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To: RichInOC
That said...it says something about the observational powers of Massachusetts physicians that it took them the better part of eight decades to find a part of Ted that was malignant.

That sounds like the inverse of the comment made when Randolph Churchill was operated on for a tumor which was removed. The tumor was benign, and the popular joke was that the surgeons had removed the only part of Randolph that wasn't malignant.(Winston's only son was widely hated for a number of good reasons.)

366 posted on 05/20/2008 7:19:33 PM PDT by xJones
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To: misterrob
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367 posted on 05/20/2008 7:19:52 PM PDT by JOE6PAK (My own business bores me to death; I prefer other people's.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Would you prefer others think ill or hateful thoughts about your friend?

I will say a prayer for your friend this evening, even though I don’t know him. Will you extend the same courtesy to Senator Kennedy?


368 posted on 05/20/2008 7:20:36 PM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: misterrob

Sad news. I’m praying for him and his family.

I’m stopping it right here, although there is definitely more I’d like to say.


369 posted on 05/20/2008 7:21:22 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (..."I just said some things that weren't in keeping with what I knew to be the case." - HRC)
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To: reefdiver

May you never be so hated by someone who doesn’t know you personally. Senator Kennedy is a human first, a politician later


371 posted on 05/20/2008 7:23:27 PM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: misterrob
I am not malking this up. A long time ago, one of my pals, whose name was Ted, walked around showing off an elegant silver plated cigarette case (remember those?) on which he had inscribed the following:

"To Teddy from Kennedy"

372 posted on 05/20/2008 7:24:22 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (I'll pray for celebrities as soon as they start praying for me!)
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To: rintense
The things they said about Cheney when he had his last heart issue were disgusting

That's why FR is such a wonderful place. We have our share of fruits and flakes, but overall we're a pretty decent bunch of people who have the maturity and class not to make fun of someone who's dying.
374 posted on 05/20/2008 7:27:31 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Average White Conservative)
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To: misterrob

No matter whom is stricken from such an illness, we ALL need a prayer and time for redemption.

As much as I dislike the man I could not feel anything but sadness for him, as well as his family, when I heard the news.

God Bless.


375 posted on 05/20/2008 7:27:47 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: July4

I understand what you’re saying. But if we stoop to the level of our enemy we are not a better person than them. We become just like them. No one said anyone had to like someone’s politics, make them your best buddy or invite them over for a BBQ. Compassion should be a human trait.


376 posted on 05/20/2008 7:27:50 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: xJones

I saw the news at work this morning and my thoughts immediately went to that quote, so I looked it up.

“A typical triumph of modern science to find the only part of Randolph that was not malignant and remove it.”

—Evelyn Waugh, diary entry (March 1964), after hearing that doctors had removed a benign tumor from Randolph Churchill.


377 posted on 05/20/2008 7:27:57 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: misterrob
Good luck to you, Mr. Kennedy.

Wonder how long he's known something was up with this? I can see many people his age knowing and just keeping their mouth shut.

378 posted on 05/20/2008 7:29:20 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Spitzer would have used the Mann Act against an enemy in a New York minute.)
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To: trussell

My prayers for Sen. Kennedy and his family.


380 posted on 05/20/2008 7:30:10 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Theresawithanh

Despite the fact that Senator Kennedy is not liked for lots of obvious reasons, it still is sad if he is diagnosed as having a cancer that might be incurable. :-( He is truly the elder statesman of the Kennedy clan, especially given the untimely deaths of one brother from a World War II weapons accident and two brothers assassinated at the height of their political powers.


381 posted on 05/20/2008 7:30:57 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Das Outsider

I don’t know if Kennedy had a melanoma. Other freepers probably know.

Somewhat off topic, I hope the family is watching his ex-wife Joan. She’s had a difficult time.


382 posted on 05/20/2008 7:33:00 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: bannie

“Damage to the left parietal lobe can result in what is called “Gerstmann’s Syndrome.” It includes right-left confusion, difficulty with writing (agraphia) and difficulty with mathematics (acalculia). It can also produce disorders of language (aphasia) and the inability to perceive objects normally (agnosia).”

Perhaps that explains his sponsorship of the Illegal Immigrant Amnesty bill. McCain should have himself checked for the same.


383 posted on 05/20/2008 7:35:46 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: an amused spectator
Wonder how long he's known something was up with this? I can see many people his age knowing and just keeping their mouth shut.

There's no telling, but a lot of times tumors are asymptomatic, unfortunately. The seizure may have been the first symptom. People usually don't get brain scans as part of a regular check up. Kennedy indulged heavily, and probably didn't feel good, anyway, so he had probably learned to tune out pain from hangovers, etc.

384 posted on 05/20/2008 7:36:07 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Petronski; devolve; ntnychik

[I hate cancer. Can I just say that?]

I watched both of my parents die of it.
Why they can’t find cures after all these years is unbelievable. All the money that is wasted on unimportant things!

Ted has been the ‘father’ figure for the Kennedy family for many years. This will be a tragedy for all of them.


385 posted on 05/20/2008 7:39:16 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: trussell
Would you prefer others think ill or hateful thoughts about your friend?

What I would prefer doesn't change anything in any way. If anyone thinks ill or hateful thoughts about my friend it hurts him not. That's their problem, not his or mine.

If I were to ever wish anything for TK, it would be that he had had a real father, one that could have actually given him the kind of love that all human beings need and deserve. He didn't, mores the pity.

I would hope that he makes peace with himself while he is alive. I suspect that he is, and has been a rather tortured soul. But that is for him to do, not me.

386 posted on 05/20/2008 7:39:56 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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388 posted on 05/20/2008 7:42:13 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: ladyjane

I heard from a nurse at a fairly large hospital say that she had never seen someone beat this type of cancer.


389 posted on 05/20/2008 7:45:28 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Stalin, Mao, Castro, Obama.)
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To: potlatch; library user

When the diagnosis and prognosis come in like this, it becomes a matter of humanity, not politics. God loves us all: me, potlatch, library user, and Teddy Kennedy.

I join you in praying for him, just as Christ would ask us to do.


390 posted on 05/20/2008 7:46:30 PM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: reefdiver
I could care less about a DU’er.

Your ignorance of grammar makes your words absurd.

391 posted on 05/20/2008 7:48:01 PM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: potlatch

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A tough way to go out

A bit too excessive on food and drink at any age can raise your risk factors

He has gotten up in years and lived a full life to be sure


392 posted on 05/20/2008 7:49:08 PM PDT by devolve ( -- -The_Project_Islamic_Hope_website_banner no_longer_features_Barack_Hussein_Obama_Junior)
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To: Petronski; devolve

Yes, I pray each day for all who need it. God knows their names.


393 posted on 05/20/2008 7:49:39 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: misterrob
My father was an average working man who struggled to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. One time he pulled the family car over to the side of the highway and climbed into the cab of a wrecked truck so that he could apply a makeshift tourniquet to what remained of the driver's severed arm in order to stop the man from pleading to death. Another time he crawled into an overturned station wagon to pull a mother and child to safety.

He died of cancer. Beyond an obituary in the local paper, there was no media notice of his death. No maudlin tears, no breathless praise.

There's a difference between a man and a villain. I'll waste no sympathy on the latter.

394 posted on 05/20/2008 7:49:45 PM PDT by Mojave
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To: Cobra64

You DO know Sen Biden also had a brain tumor years ago. He was fortunate that it was operable. Sen Kennedy doesn’t sound like he has the same good fortune.


397 posted on 05/20/2008 7:51:40 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: misterrob

I actually have a positive Kennedy experience to share (hard as it may be). I went to a small Christian school up in the Northern Virginia area...and one of our assignments for Civics class was for us to contact a Senator’s office. I was given Ted Kennedy and of course I moaned and groaned about it. Hey, I might have been only a Sophmore or Junior at the time and wasn’t into politics as much as I am now, but I knew enough to know that Senator Kennedy was one of the “bad guys.”

So imagine my surprise when I got this really great response back from his office thanking me for my interest and it included policy and position papers and some really fantastic shots of the Senator and such. Well that colored me impressed with his staff at least! Only a few Senators responded to the queries my fellow classmates sent out and mine was by far the most comprehensive and it earned me a nice grade for that assignment. :-)

As for the rest of it...

While I think it’s clear that all of us take issue with Senator Kennedy’s political views and affiliations, that’s not what this is about.

This is about a man, a father, a husband, an uncle, a friend to many who received devastating news. I hurt for those close to him during this very trying time and I am ashamed to associate myself with those who take pot shots at someone when they’re down.

Remember how angry we were when the lefty wackos wished Cheney’s heart would give out? How incensed we were? It’s nothing more than extreme hypocrisy for us to do it to one of their icons and then sputter and complain when they wish ill befall one of ours. Frankly I hold our side to a much higher standard of conduct and I’m disappointed when we take a nosedive into the mud and forget what really matters.

I believe that there’s a time and place for politics...and this isn’t it. My best wishes, thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Senator Kennedy.


398 posted on 05/20/2008 7:52:35 PM PDT by PowerPro (God bless you RUSH!!!!)
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To: Petronski

Even Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and the Dear Leader in North Korea?/Just Asking - seoul62.........


399 posted on 05/20/2008 7:53:01 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: devolve

You and I posted at the same time.
He’s had great wealth and power in his life along with the tragic loss of many family members.

And he’s being given the time to make his peace with God, everyone doesn’t get that ‘time’.


400 posted on 05/20/2008 7:55:02 PM PDT by potlatch
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