Sad news is breaking across the wire this evening as we learn that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer.
The cancer was found earlier this week when the Senator went in for surgery to remove a blood clot behind his left eye. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have diagnosed the Senator with a primary glioblastoma which usually has a very negative prognosis associated with recovery. At age 80, the Senator will have a difficult time dealing with the treatments and fighting off the aggressive tumor.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains:
“It’s a very aggressive tumor,” said Gupta. He explained that average survival for malignant glioblastoma tends to be around 14 months with treatment. In McCain’s case, additional therapy, including radiation, could not begin until the incision heals, which would be in the next three or four weeks.Still, one 2009 study reported that almost 10% of patients with glioblastoma may live five years or longer, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.“This is the same tumor that Ted Kennedy had,” said Gupta.
While we have long been opponents of much of Senator McCain’s politics, we send our prayers and our best wishes for a full and fast recovery. His family loves him deeply and we wish comfort and strength for them as they travel this road together.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017
Here are some well wishes from around the country:
Several Republican senators learned of the news during a meeting about health care, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven told CNN, adding that there was “stunned disbelief” in the room and they prayed for McCain.“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain “a hero to our conference and a hero to our country.”“He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life,” McConnell said in a statement. “We all look forward to seeing this American hero again soon.”
Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 20, 2017
Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 20, 2017
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017
As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) July 20, 2017
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) July 20, 2017
John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong – and he will beat this.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is a hero, a patriot and a fighter. I am privileged to call him a friend. Paul & I pray for his recovery and his family.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 20, 2017
John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2017
John McCain is undoubtedly the toughest man in the US Senate. He is an American hero and has served our country like few ever will. (1/3)
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 20, 2017