McCain di­ag­nosed with brain can­cer

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — Sen. John McCain of Ari­zona, the 2008 Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee with an in­de­pen­dent streak, has been di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mor, his of­fice said in a state­ment Wednes­day.

The 80-year-old law­maker has glioblas­toma, a par­tic­u­larly ag­gres­sive type of brain tu­mor, ac­cord­ing to doc­tors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where McCain had a blood clot re­moved from above his left eye on Fri­day. The se­na­tor and his fam­ily are re­view­ing fur­ther treat­ment, in­clud­ing a com­bi­na­tion of chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion.

“Sub­se­quent tis­sue pathol­ogy re­vealed that a pri­mary brain tu­mor known as a glioblas­toma was as­so­ci­ated with the blood clot,” ac­cord­ing to his of­fice.

About 20,000 peo­ple in the U.S. each year are di­ag­nosed with a glioblas­toma. The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety puts the five-year sur­vival rate for pa­tients over 55 at about 4 per­cent.

The tu­mor digs ten­ta­cle­like roots into nor­mal brain tis­sue. Pa­tients fare best when sur­geons can cut out all the vis­i­ble tu­mor, which hap­pened with McCain’s tu­mor, ac­cord­ing to his of­fice. That isn’t a cure; can­cer­ous cells that aren’t vis­i­ble still tend to lurk, the rea­son McCain’s doc­tors are con­sid­er­ing fur­ther treat­ment.

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