Senator John McCain recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery to have the aggressive brain tumor — known as a primary glioblastoma — removed. The Arizona Republican’s office and the Mayo Clinic released a joint statement revealing that he had surgery to remove a blood clot, which was associated with the tumor.
“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix,” the statement read. “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria. The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”
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Though the American Brain Tumor Association describes glioblastomas as typically “highly cancerous,” the 80-year-old’s doctors note that the former presidential candidate is recovering “amazingly well” following the surgery, adding that “his underlying health is excellent.” Doctors discovered the clot during a routine physical last week and had him come in for a follow-up and subsequent surgery almost immediately.
After revealing the diagnosis, Senator McCain has been met with an outpouring of support from his constituents and colleagues. President Donald Trump showed his support in a statement, saying, “Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.”
Following the news, Senator McCain’s daughter Meghan released a statement reminding her Twitter followers of her father’s resiliency. She tweeted, “It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: But it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.”
Our thoughts remain with the senator and his family in the wake of his diagnosis — and in a statement, his office reassured citizens he is doing well. “Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona,” the statement read. “He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.”