Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Reported to be a particularly aggressive type of malignancy

At the request of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his family, Mayo Clinic released the following statement today:

“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.

“Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.

“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. 

“The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”

The office of Senator John McCain also released the following statement:

“Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.”

Because glioblastomas can grow rapidly, the most common symptoms are usually caused by increased pressure in the brain. These symptoms can include headache, seizures, nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

Depending on the location of the tumor, patients can develop a variety of other symptoms such as weakness on one side of the body, memory and/or speech difficulties, hearing and vision loss, according to the American Brain Tumor Association website.

Glioblastoma can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells, the association says.

The Hill carries this account of John McCain’s condition.

The Tucson Daily Star reports on a “malignant brain tumor.”

The Arizona Republic refers to a “brain tumor.”

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11 Responses to Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

  1. Saguaro Sam says:

    Glioblastoma is one aggressive bad mamma jamma.

    Unknown as to how it was staged or whether is was
    G. Multiforme, which is the very worst version.
    Unknown as to whether secondary sites of other cancers have been located via PET scan, etc.

    Prognosis, in almost all cases, is extremely poor with an average life expectancy of maybe 17 months depending on co-existing factors.
    He has access to the best of the best, but to what end?

    Radiation and chemo are used. But radiation therapy can cause brain necrosis and negatively effect the central nervous system.

    Surely on anti seizure meds at this point.

    Patients with glioblastoma will exhibit come and go altered mental status and can exhibit bizarre or aggressive behaviors that can be difficult to control.

    With treatment or without, it’s a death sentence and an ugly one.

    People beat the odds all the time. Just look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg—pancreatic CA which usually gives you about 6 months—and years later she is still vertical.

    Sad to realize that a person who could have retired decades ago and lived the good life without wanting for a thing has allowed all that to pass him by. Teddy should have told him.
    Lessons to be learned from this.

    Good luck to him and his family.

  2. Clementine says:

    John McCain is entering a new phase in his life, one neither pleasant nor easy. Although I wish him no harm, he is the ‘poster boy’ for term limits

  3. barries1 says:

    Apparently I’m a scourge for feeling no sympathy for a Lyin’ McCain who has NO business being in office at 81 years & has gone above & beyond to eliminate all conservative PC members.

  4. Patrick says:

    My thoughts and prayers with him and his family. But it is time for him to resign NOW and have a new appointment by the Governor. Another reason for Term Limits, he never would leave and he should have left long ago.

  5. Jakesez says:

    I am not a fan of Senator McCain but this is a hard way to go and I wish him luck in his treatment.

    I do have another concern. If he is to be replaced, lets try to make sure it is not with another Mormon. If we don’t, the Mormon Church will own both senators and many high ranking state offices. Too much power in one organizations control.

    • Kimball says:

      That’s a valid concern. I have never judged all members of any group negatively because of their faith affiliation, but Mormons are a different breed. They treat their church leaders as biblical prophets and are obedient to them. It does make me uneasy. That’s how Bob Worsley and Jerry Lewis got elected here in the East Valley. They each ran as Republicans but were more liberal than most democrats. The issue of illegal immigration if one to watch since the church now focuses outreach to Hispanics. Utah is a sanctuary state.

    • Patrick says:

      Yep and I don’t want to see another retired military or govt employee either. They have a guaranteed taxpayer paid pension w/ cola and don’t understand the private sector that helps this country operate.

  6. Observer says:

    I wonder if being in a nearly constant state of rage eventually has a negative affect on the brain.

  7. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    We Americans are geared not to speak ill of the dying or dead. But facts are stubborn things and McCain has been a negative political force since he first carpetbagged into Arizona. After courting the much younger heiress, Cindy Hensley, and dumping his wife and family, he subsequently moved to Arizona to remarry and launch a political career.

    Later, using his connections and dragging out his embellished story of heroism disputed by those he was imprisoned with in Vietnam, he was able to slickly extract himself from his involvement in the Keating Five financial scandal that brought down several other congressional careers.

    He has spent an overly long political career in DC, made possible by massively outspending and lying about his opponents, colluding with Democrats and calling himself a “maverick” for doing so. His ongoing commitment to amnesty for illegals has caused him and current seatmate Jeff Flake to poll lower than any other US Senators.

    Even at the onset, McCain was so arrogant, he had to be forced to run as a Republican when respected House minority leader and conservative John Rhodes retired. He has spent decades doing all he can to harm conservatives and now, President Donald Trump, who won the presidency McCain overwhelming lost, thereby giving us Barack Obama. McCain is gravely ill, but that fact doesn’t grant him saint-like stature or obscure the facts of who he is.

  8. Vince says:

    John McCain, who has admitted he rarely used a computer, is tweeting (his staff are doing the ‘heavy lifting’) warning us he’ll be back in the senate soon:

    https://twitter.com/SenJohnMcCain?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fnews%2F2017%2F07%2F20%2Fsen-john-mccain-speaks-out-after-brain-cancer-diagnosis-ill-be-back-soon-stand-by%2F23039592%2F

    I feel neither relieved nor comforted.