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.
Kennedy's brain tumor surgery deemed a success (Globe Staff / Vincent DeWitt )

Kennedy collapses
at inaugural luncheon

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts collapsed at the congressional luncheon honoring President Obama. (By Sasha Issenberg, Globe Staff)

Kennedy returns to Senate
to fight for Medicare

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)

The treatment

A strategist aids Kennedy once more

A strategist aids Kennedy once more

Edward M. Kennedy crafted the strategy for his health like he's devised his political strategies. (By Matt Viser, Boston Globe)
Kennedy, his children, and cancer

Kennedy, his children, and cancer

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)
Patrick Kennedy says his family defies odds

The diagnosis

New therapies may serve Kennedy

New therapies may serve Kennedy

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.
Kennedy's tumor a formidable foe

Kennedy's tumor a formidable foe

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)
The illness explained
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The illness explained

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)

The Reaction

Legions he aided now praise Kennedy

Legions he aided now praise Kennedy

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)
Champions of hope

Champions of hope

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.
Photos Celebrities and politicians stricken with diseases
Brain cancer patients empathize with Kennedy

Brain cancer patients empathize with Kennedy

News of Senator Kennedy's diagnosis sparked an outpouring of sympathy from cancer survivors like Jessica McComisky (left, with daughter Talia).
Health Sense 'Fighting' isn't how you deal with cancer
Bay Staters struggle to digest news

Bay Staters struggle to digest news

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)
Colleagues react to the news

Colleagues react to the news

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)
At Kennedy Library, tears and sympathy
Family visits, politicians respond
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Family visits, politicians respond

Despite the diagnosis, Senator Kennedy appeared in good spirits on the day of the announcement, with his family visiting at Mass. General Hospital.
Kennedy's wife calls diagnosis 'a real curveball'

The legacy

Few willing to discuss succession

Few willing to discuss succession

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)
A legend among ghosts

A legend among ghosts

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)
globe magazine archive Kennedy unbound
Surprise in this stealth Kennedy threat

Surprise in this stealth Kennedy threat

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)
Edward Kennedy, through the years
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Edward Kennedy, through the years

Born into wealth and a prominent American political dynasty, Senator Edward Kennedy has devoted nearly a half century to public service.

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