Pol­i­tics. Se­na­tor John McCain di­ag­nosed with brain tu­mor.

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WASH­ING­TON» Ari­zona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee with a well­known mav­er­ick streak that of­ten vexed his GOP col­leagues, has been di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mor, his of­fice said in a state­ment Wednes­day.

The 80-year-old law­maker has glioblas­toma, an ag­gres­sive can­cer, 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,” his of­fice said in a state­ment.

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

The tu­mor digs ten­ta­cle-like 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 in­clud­ing chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion.

The se­na­tor and chair­man of the Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee had been re­cov­er­ing at his Ari­zona home. His ab­sence had forced Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., to de­lay ac­tion on health care leg­is­la­tion. McCain had been slated to over­see de­bate of the sweep­ing de­fense pol­icy bill in the com­ing weeks.

As word spread of his di­ag­no­sis, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and McCain’s Se­nate col­leagues, Repub­li­cans and Democrats, of­fered their prayers and sup­port.

“Sen. 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,” Trump said.

“Not only is John McCain an Amer­i­can hero but he is also an amaz­ing friend, fa­ther, hus­band, and son,” said Sen. Cory Gard­ner, R-Colo. “I will be think­ing of him ev­ery day as he fights this lat­est bat­tle.”

Jacquelyn Martin, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mor af­ter a blood clot was re­moved.

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