The prognosis for Ted Kennedy is not the best given the type of tumor that has invaded his brain tissue. Regardless of any distaste for his politics, we urge our readers to take the high road and keep him in their prayers. It’s the moral and the “right” thing to do…

(WASHINGTON – Reuters) – A diagnosis of malignant glioma is grave news for Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, brain experts said on Tuesday.

A malignant glioma kills half its victims within a year and patients rarely survive more than three years. Even surgery cannot cure such a tumor, which sends fingers of cancerous cells into nooks and crannies of the brain, doctors agreed.

However, Kennedy, 76, has a chance of extending his life with chemotherapy — the preferred drug is a pill with few side-effects — and radiation.

“A diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor can be one of the most terrifying diagnoses that patients or their loved ones can hear,” said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Kennedy suffered a seizure on Saturday and has been undergoing tests in the hospital ever since. A biopsy — a little sample of brain tissue — confirmed a malignant glioma. More…