US Senator John McCain Continues to Recover from Brain Cancer

US senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer
US senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
By July 20th, 2017

Former prisoner of war and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, who is also a veteran US Senator, has been diagnosed with brain cancer as announced by his office on July 19.

The 80-year-old senator from Arizona reportedly underwent surgery in order to remove the blood clot from above his left eye. The test last week also "revealed that a primary brain tumour known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot", the Mayo Clinic said in a statement released regarding the senator's condition.

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

According to medical terms, Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain tumor affecting mostly adults. This has the same category of cancer which led former US Senator Ted Kennedy to death in 2009 at the age of 77.

The representatives of McCain said that the senator is already in "good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona." The team added that he will consult with his care team regarding his work in Washington.

Meanwhile, Senator Leader Mitch McConnel also issued a statement saying the chamber is praying for the senator and is hoping to see him soon.

"John McCain is a hero to our conference and a hero to our country," McConnell said.  "He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterised his life." 

According to a report, it is not the first time for John McCain to have cancer as he also went to several surgeries for his malignant melanomas on his skin in 1990s and 2000s. 

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