Kennedy Released From Durham Hospital After Brain Surgery

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has checked out of a North Carolina hospital, a week after undergoing an aggressive and delicate surgery to treat a cancerous brain tumor.

A spokeswoman at Duke University Medical Center said the Massachusetts Democrat left the hospital in Durham on Monday.

Kennedy's office said in a statement the 76-year-old senator will recuperate at home before starting the next phase of his treatment.

Kennedy was diagnosed last month with a malignant glioma after having a seizure at his Cape Cod home. A malignant glioma is a lethal type of brain tumor and is diagnosed in about 9,000 Americans a year.

Kennedy underwent a risky, 3 1/2-hour surgery last Monday to remove as much of the tumor as possible, a procedure aimed at improving the success of chemotherapy and radiation.

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