Senator Ted Kennedy is scheduled to have brain surgery today:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will undergo surgery Monday at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor and then faces chemotherapy and radiation treatment, his office said.

The 76-year-old senator was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma, an especially lethal type of brain tumor. A statement from the Massachusetts Democrat’s office said he would be operated on Monday morning in Durham, N.C., by neurosurgeon Allan Friedman, followed by chemotherapy and radiation.

Anthony Coley, a Kennedy spokesman, said the surgery is scheduled to begin around 9 a.m. and expected to last about six hours. He expects to remain at the North Carolina facility for one week to recuperate and then will begin further treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital and start chemotherapy.

Please send your hopes, prayers and/or good thoughts to the Kennedy family. Any surgery is dangerous and potentially life threatening, especially for individuals over the age of 70, as is Senator Kennedy. Brain surgery has other risks besides just the death of the patient. Let us hope for a good outcome in all respects and a quick recovery.

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