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Report: Kennedy Coping Well With Treatment

Five weeks after he underwent surgery on a malignant brain tumor, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is said by his wife to be recovering well as he copes with radiation and chemotherapy treatment, according to the Associated Press.

The AP obtained an email sent out by Vicki Kennedy last week to family and friends updating them on the 76-year-old senator's condition. She writes that her husband has been able to exercise and sail on his schooner at their home on Cape Cod in between trips to the hospital for treatment.

"The only side effect is fatigue, and that word has never been in Teddy's vocabulary before," Vicki Kennedy wrote. "But he's learning to cope with it. As I have mentioned to many of you, he is tackling cancer with his trademark grit and determination, and he is doing everything he needs to do to regain his strength and health. ... He's making calls, staying in touch with his office staff and colleagues and still pushing all the issues he cares about."

Kennedy has been absent from the Senate since mid-May, when he was taken to the hospital following a seizure and was subsequently diagnosed with a malignant tumor. He underwent surgery on June 2 to remove the tumor. The operation was called a success by Kennedy's doctors, though his future prognosis remains uncertain as he undergoes radiation and chemotherapy.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 7, 2008; 1:12 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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