Senator Kennedy's Illness
A titan of the Senate for more than 40 years, Senator Edward M. Kennedy is an icon from one of the most storied political families in American history. Now, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, the senator faces a daunting challenge.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts collapsed at the congressional luncheon honoring President Obama. (By Sasha Issenberg, Globe Staff)
In his most aggressive action since his brain cancer diagnosis, the senator pushed the Bush administration to continue allowing the state to receive millions of dollars for Medicaid.
(By Matt Viser, Globe Staff)
Edward M. Kennedy crafted the strategy for his health like he's devised his political strategies. (By Matt Viser, Boston Globe)
Patrick Kennedy says his family defies odds
Edward M. Kennedy has had an extraordinary and intimate relationship with cancer. Two of his three children (including Kara Kennedy, left) have faced severe forms of the disease.
(By Sally Jacobs , Boston Globe)
(By Sally Jacobs , Boston Globe)
Until a few years ago, patients stricken with cancerous brain tumors had precious few treatment options. There was surgery and radiation and not much else.
What began as a mysterious seizure turned out to be a deadly brain tumor in the left parietal lobe. (Carey Goldberg and Stephen Smith, Globe Staff)
An outline of where the tumor is, how it affects the body and brain, and the treatment options available to Senator Kennedy. (Javier Zarracina and Chona Camomot, Globe Staff)
After her husband was killed, Cindy McGinty didn't know where she would find strength to go on. She never expected it to come from Kennedy. (By Jenna Russell , Boston Globe)
Photos Celebrities and politicians stricken with diseases
Patients, researchers are pained by Edward M. Kennedy's plight but hope he can, like other celebrities (such as Elizabeth Edwards and Lance Armstrong), raise awareness of a dire need for funds.
Health Sense 'Fighting' isn't how you deal with cancer
News of Senator Kennedy's diagnosis sparked an outpouring of sympathy from cancer survivors like Jessica McComisky (left, with daughter Talia).
Yesterday, on the streets, in cafes, in small towns, and in big cities, people struggled with the news of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's brain tumor diagnosis, which was bewildering to many Mass. residents. (James Vaznis, Globe Staff)
At Kennedy Library, tears and sympathy
Politicians from both sides of the aisle offered words of hope and reactions of grief to the news of Senator Kennedy's brain tumor. (Globe Staff)
Kennedy's wife calls diagnosis 'a real curveball'
Despite the diagnosis, Senator Kennedy appeared in good spirits on the day of the announcement, with his family visiting at Mass. General Hospital.
Massachusetts' political moorings suddenly began to slip as state leaders contemplated life with an ailing Senator Edward M. Kennedy. (Matt Viser and Frank Phillips, Globe Staff)
globe magazine archive Kennedy unbound
For the first time, the political world is forced to contemplate the possibility of life without Ted Kennedy. It turns out that the thought is as shocking to his longtime enemies as it is to his family and friends. (Joan Vennochi, Globe Columnist)
News about the Kennedys has so often come in shocking bursts that the diagnosis of Edward Kennedy's brain tumor had a quiet poignancy all its own. (Peter Canellos, Globe Staff)
Born into wealth and a prominent American political dynasty, Senator Edward Kennedy has devoted nearly a half century to public service.