Senator Ted Kennedy’s surgery today was successful , according to his surgeon, Dr. Allan Friedman.
Friedman, Duke’s chief of neurosurgery, did not specify how much of the cancerous tumor he was able to remove. He called the operation “the first step” in a treatment plan for the 76-year-old senator from Massachusetts, head of America’s most fabled political family.
“After a brief recuperation, he will begin targeted radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital and chemotherapy treatment,” Friedman said.
We sincerely wish the Senator a complete recovery and pray him during what will be at best a very unpleasant treatment period.
I have had a number of friends and some family go through various degrees of challenge with cancer over the years, and have watched some pass on. It is heartbreaking and frustrating because often, as with Kennedy, it is hard or impossible to identify a real cause. And despite the vast array of treatments available, many cancers are not curable, and even “cancer free” does not always mean cured.
I don’t bring this up to magnify the suffering of those enduring this disease, but just to provide a reminder that cancer, along with many other diseases, is still in need of a cure. Will we find one? I don’t know. But I think it’s worth supporting the effort. If you have not already considered doing so, click here  for more information or to donate to the American Cancer Society.
Hat tip to Reuters.