A malignant glioma — the diagnosis doctors gave Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — is the worst kind of brain cancer. Malignant gliomas strike almost 9,000 Americans a year. Survival statistics are grim — few live three years and for the worst subtype, half die within a year.
I lost my mother to a malignant and fast-acting brain tumor some years ago, and therefore I have a great deal of sympathy for the Kennedy family in these circumstances. I doubt that Senator Kennedy and I would agree on much in the political arena, but I would not wish this situation on my worst enemy. My best wishes to Senator Kennedy and his family.