In October 2007, a partially blocked carotid artery in Kennedy's neck was discovered during a routine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination. Doctors cleared the blockage, and Kennedy was released to convalesce in Hyannisport.
Dr. Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, called Kennedy an "unparalleled leader in the fight against cancer and for access to quality health care for all Americans throughout his distinguished career in the United States Senate. He yields to no one in his accomplishments and in his efforts to bring all the resources of the nation to bear in fighting cancer and other diseases, to reigning in the tobacco industry, and to extending health insurance coverage to all Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us."
Kennedy, the last surviving brother of an American political dynasty, became a U.S. senator in 1962. His older brother, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963. Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 during his presidential campaign.
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SOURCES: Deepa Subramaniam, M.D., director, brain tumor center, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; Isabelle M. Germano, M.D., professor of neurosurgery, and director, The Radiosurgery Program, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City; Jonathan Friedman, M.D., assistant professor of surgery and neuroscience and experimental therapeutics, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and director, Texas Brain and Spine Institute, College Station; Associated Press; Keith L. Black, M.D. chairman, department of neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; American Cancer Society, news rele
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