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