What I felt when I first heard the news of Senator Edward Kennedy being diagnosed with malignant tumours was summarised very well by Blair Mulholland:
Mary Jo Kopechne's Killer Still At Large.
Damned seizure didn't quite finish him off. Bugger.
The second was a paraphrase of a comment made by Evelyn Waugh when Randolph Churchill underwent treatment after a similar diagnosis:
It would be a triumph of modern science -- to find the only part of Edward Kennedy that isn't malignant and remove it.
NB: If you're not sure who Mary Jo Kopechne was, read Myrna Blyth's Remembering Mary Jo.