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Beau Biden, the Delaware Attorney General and son of Vice President
Joe Biden, underwent a complicated biopsy of a brain mass at the MD
Anderson Cancer Center last night in Houston, NBC News has learned.
can read from that that it's likely that there was a tumor or some kind
of tissue left behind from this mass that was biopsied," NBC News chief
medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman said Wednesday on NBC Nightly News
with Brian Williams.
Waiting for the results of a biopsy like this may take weeks, Snyderman said.
"These can be very frustrating times for families, because families want answers," she said.
today, according to a statement from the vice president and Dr. Jill
Biden, Biden is in "great shape" and will be discharged Thursday.
our son Beau underwent a successful procedure," the vice president and
his wife said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "He is in great shape
and is going to be discharged tomorrow and heading home to Delaware. He
will follow up with his local physicians in the coming weeks."
That Biden is going home is a piece of good news for the family, Snyderman says.
means that there were no complications overnight," she said. She said
there's a possibility that the brain mass may have been the trigger for
the neurological symptoms Biden has experienced, and with its removal,
the symptoms could go away, too.