Mccain has brain can­cer

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US Sen­a­tor John Mccain, a former pris­oner of war and the mav­er­ick 2008 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, has been di­ag­nosed with brain can­cer, his of­fice an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The 80-year-old law­maker from Ari­zona un­der­went surgery to re­move a blood clot from above his left eye last week and tests “re­vealed that a pri­mary brain tu­mor known as a glioblas­toma was as­so­ci­ated with the blood clot,” the Mayo Clinic, whose doc­tors per­formed the surgery in Phoenix, said in a state­ment re­leased by Mccain’s of­fice.

“The sen­a­tor and his fam­ily are re­view­ing fur­ther treat­ment op­tions,” the state­ment added, not­ing they may in­clude a com­bi­na­tion of chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion.

Glioblas­toma is a par­tic­u­larly aggressive brain tu­mour af­fect­ing adults. It is of the same cat­e­gory of can­cer that led to the death of another icon of the US Sen­ate, Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009 at age 77.

This is not Mccain’s first bout with can­cer. Doc­tors re­moved sev­eral ma­lig­nant melanomas on Mccain’s skin in the 1990s and 2000s, in­clud­ing an in­va­sive melanoma in 2000.

Ex­perts had said this week that Mccain’s lat­est op­er­a­tion sug­gested the pos­si­bil­ity of a re­turn of can­cer.

Mccain’s of­fice said the sen­a­tor “is in good spir­its as he con­tin­ues to re­cover at home with his fam­ily in Ari­zona,” and that he will con­sult with his care team about when he might be able to re­turn to work in Wash­ing­ton.

The news trig­gered a flood of mes­sages of sup­port from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum for Mccain, who chairs the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee and is in his sixth term in the up­per cham­ber of Congress.

“Sen­a­tor John Mccain has al­ways been a fighter. Me­la­nia and I send our thoughts and prayers to Sen­a­tor Mccain, Cindy, and their en­tire fam­ily,” Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said in a state­ment. “Get well soon.”

Trump was ac­cused of cross­ing the line with his crit­i­cism of Mccain shortly af­ter the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man an­nounced his pres­i­den­tial bid in 2015, dis­parag­ing the sen­a­tor as “not a war hero.”

“I like peo­ple who weren’t cap­tured,” Trump said, in re­marks that fore­told the nas­ti­ness of the 2016 race.

But Trump is well aware of the im­por­tance of Mccain’s vote on health care, with the lat­est ef­fort to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act hang­ing by a thread.

“Plus, we need his vote,” Trump said Mon­day af­ter wish­ing Mccain well af­ter his blood clot surgery.

“John Mccain is an Amer­i­can hero & one of the bravest fight­ers I’ve ever known,” former pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who de­feated Mccain af­ter a hard-fought 2008 race, wrote on Twit­ter. “Can­cer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”

Mccain, a former US Navy avi­a­tor, was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 as he con­ducted a bomb­ing mis­sion dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

He was badly in­jured when he parachuted out, and was tor­tured dur­ing his five and a half years as a POW.

Re­leased in 1973, Mccain won a US House seat in 1982 be­fore win­ning elec­tion to the Sen­ate four years later.

He emerged as a na­tional se­cu­rity hawk, trav­el­ing the world on con­gres­sional

Source : mccain.sen­ate.gov

mis­sions to the Mid­dle East, Asia and Europe where he re­as­sured Amer­i­can al­lies and pricked its ad­ver­saries. – AFP

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