Photos: Kennedy's Life

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  1. Joseph and Rose Kennedy with eight of their children on July 8, 1934, in Massachusetts. Seated in the front row are Patricia, Rose and Joseph Kennedy with baby Edward, Kathleen, Eunice and Rosemary. John, Jeanne and Robert are behind. (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A young Ted Kennedy attends the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London with his sister, Jean, on April 11, 1938. Their father Joseph Kennedy, the American ambassador to Great Britain at the time, was paying a call on the king. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York celebrates the Nuptial High Mass as Edward Moore Kennedy weds Joan Bennett at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Bronxville, N.Y., on Nov. 29, 1958. (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Edward Kennedy, right, and his brothers John and Robert, are seen in Hyannis Port, Mass., during John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign on July 20, 1960. (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ted Kennedy inspects the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Street on Feb. 23, 1962. Later that year, Kennedy was elected to the Senate, taking the seat his brother John had occupied before winning the White House. He held the seat for the next 47 years – serving longer than all but two senators in history. (Reichert / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Jacqueline Kennedy and Ted Kennedy watch as soldiers load her husband John F. Kennedy's casket for his funeral at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 25, 1963. (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Ted Kennedy lies on a gurney, suffering from a broken back, on Oct. 19, 1964, four months after surviving a small-plane crash near Southampton, Mass., that killed his aide and the pilot. His wife Joan sits beside him. (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Former astronaut John Glenn, a close friend of the Kennedy family, gives the flag that was draped over the casket of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to the slain senator's brother during ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery on June 8, 1968. To the right of Edward Kennedy are the senator's widow, Ethel Kennedy, and their oldest son, Joseph, 15. Back to camera on the right is President Lyndon B. Johnson. (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Spectators look on as police work near the car driven by Edward Kennedy that plunged off a bridge into the water off Chappaquiddick Island, Mass., in July 1969. Kennedy escaped from the submerged car but his passenger, 29-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, died. She had worked as a secretary for his brother Robert.

    Kennedy told police he took a wrong turn and accidently drove off the bridge. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a suspended sentence in what would become known as the "Chappaquiddick incident." (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Edward Kennedy shakes hands with well-wishers outside Boston's Faneuil Hall, where he announced his candidacy for president in November 1979. He would lose the Democratic nomination to incumbent Jimmy Carter. (Bettmann / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Kennedy and his second wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, after his speech to the second session of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004, in Boston. (Tom Fox / Dallas Morning News / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Ted Kennedy speaks during an immigration rally at the National Mall on Sept. 7, 2006, in Washington. (Kevin Wolf / AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Ted Kennedy pushes his dogs to leave his office after a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2007. Always a fan of Portuguese water dogs, Bo, the Obama girls’ dog, was a gift from Kennedy and his wife, Vicki. (Jonathan Ernst / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. President George W. Bush signs the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act on Dec. 12, 2007. Standing, from left, are, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.; Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich; Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.; Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del.; Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

    Kennedy spearheaded the reauthorization of the legislation, which built on the success of and sought to strengthen the then-43-year-old Head Start program. (Charles Dharapak / AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Kennedy joins Sen. Barack Obama during a campaign event for the Democratic presidential hopeful at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Justin Lane / EPA file) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Kennedy leaves Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 21, 2008, with his wife, Vicki, right, and niece Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, center right. Kennedy was diagnosed at the hospital with a malignant brain tumor. (Stephan Savoia / AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A sea of signs hails Kennedy as he addresses the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 25, 2008. (Stan Honda / AFP - Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Kennedy arrives on stage ahead of the inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20. Later the same day, the Massachusetts senator was attending the inaugural luncheon when he suffered what observers said appeared to be a seizure. Kennedy was taken away by an ambulance. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Kennedy greets Michelle Obama on Jan. 20 as she arrives for her husband's inauguration as president. (Pat Benic / pool via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Medical personnel wheel Kennedy into an ambulance outside the U.S. Capitol. Kennedy had been attending a luncheon after Obama's inauguration when he was stricken. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., is at right. (John Moore / pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Kennedy walks with his wife, Victoria, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., after speaking with the media before a Feb. 9 vote on the stimulus bill on Capitol Hill. (Lawrence Jackson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Obama presents the first pen to Sen. Kennedy after signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act at The SEED Public Charter School on April 21 in Washington. The bill would more than triple the number of AmeriCorps volunteers in the U.S. at a cost of roughly a billion dollars a year, over the next five years.
    The signing was one of Kennedy's final public appearances. (Martin H. Simon / pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 9/7/2008 6:01:23 PM ET 2008-09-07T22:01:23

Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has brain cancer, will not be on Capitol Hill this week when Congress returns from its summer break. He intends to work from his Massachusetts home this fall and return to the Senate in January.

A Kennedy aide said Sunday that the Democratic lawmaker's doctors are pleased with his progress, but want him to keep working from home through the fall.

The 76-year-old Kennedy made a dramatic speech last month at the Democratic National Convention in Denver that drew a rousing response from delegates. Kennedy has been one of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's strongest supporters.

"As Senator Kennedy said two weeks ago in Denver, he intends to be on the floor of the United States Senate next January when we begin to write the next great chapter of American progress," spokeswoman Melissa Wagoner said in a statement.

Convention appearance a surprise
Kennedy's appearance at the convention was a surprise. He was only supposed to be honored with a video tribute. His doctors had been wary of the Denver appearance, especially his exposure to crowds, given the weakness of his immune system after weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

He also hosted a breakfast for friends and members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation while in Denver.

Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after he had a seizure in May. He has had surgery and a six-week course of chemotherapy and radiation. He has been working from his home in Hyannis Port, Mass.

Video: Kennedy's convention speech Kennedy in recent weeks has been laying the groundwork for a renewed push early next year on his signature issue, universal health care. He hopes to capitalize on any momentum that the next president carries into office, particularly if it is Obama, an ally on health care.

Kennedy this summer has been working closely with his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., on a mental health parity bill requiring equal health insurance coverage for mental and physical illnesses. A national service bill the senator has been working on is also expected to be unveiled this week.

The senator has largely kept a low profile this summer. But he made a surprise visit to the Senate in July to cast an important Medicare vote.

The House and Senate were to reconvene Monday for a session before the November elections.

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