John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

The Hill – by Max Greenwood

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said Wednesday.

The tumor was discovered after the senior Arizona senator underwent a minor procedure last week to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.   

“Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” the hospital said in a statement.

“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.”

McCain’s latest diagnosis is not his first battle with cancer. He underwent a procedure in 2000 to remove a type of skin cancer called melanoma from the left side of his face.

McCain, 80, also had a melanoma removed from his left arm in 2000 and another removed from his nose in 2002. Both were determined to be the least dangerous types of melanoma.

McCain’s office said in a statement that the Arizona Republican remained in good spirits Wednesday and is confident that any treatments will be effective.

“He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona,” his office said.

“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.”

His office said further consultations with his doctors will determine when he will return to the Senate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close friend of McCain and one of his most ardent allies on Capitol Hill, spoke with the Arizona senator on Wednesday. He said they talked only briefly about McCain’s diagnosis before shifting to a conversation about the Senate’s healthcare reform efforts and the National Defense Authorization, the federal defense spending bill.

“Literally, it went five minutes until we turned away from what I think most people have a hard time absorbing and focused on what he loves the best,” Graham told reporters after speaking with McCain.

The news of McCain’s diagnosis prompted an immediate outpouring of support from fellow lawmakers.

“God knows how this ends, not me,” Graham said. “But what I do know is this disease has never had a more worthy opponent.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) characterized McCain as a fighter, saying in a statement that “he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life.”

“John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied away from a fight and I know he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life,” McConnell said in a statement. “The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well.”

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, echoed McConnell’s characterization of McCain, and said the diagnosis was “just the latest challenge” for Arizona Republican.

McCain’s eldest daughter Meghan, a Fox News host, said in a statement that her father appeared to be the calmest family member upon receiving the diagnosis.

“It won’t surprise you to learn that in all of this, the one of us who is the most confident and calm is my father,” she said. “He is the toughest person I know.”

President Trump issued a statement shortly after news of McCain’s diagnosis broke, calling him a fighter and sending his family well wishes from the White House.

“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” Trump said. “[First lady] Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.”

Former President Barack Obama, whom McCain ran against in the 2008 presidential election, called his former opponent “one of the bravest fighters” he has ever known, saying that “cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against.”

McCain was first elected to the House in 1982, and won a bid for the Senate just four years later.

Before entering Congress, McCain served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot. While fighting in the Vietnam War, he spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

38 thoughts on “John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

  1. Karma has caught up to “wet start” McSlime. Maybe after his demise some of the classified material about POW’s can be released. I know of lots of other politicians that could use some brain cancer of the terminal lead based kind.

  2. No sympathy here.. How fitting a scum-bag get such great news. I can only wish he dies a slow death as he’s done to so many people throughout his TRAITOROUS career.
    Make sure he is laid in a FECES filled grave, with a headstone that just reads ” MURDEROUS TRAITOR” as his Father .both rot in HELL..

  3. That’s not a tumor, that’s a brain.
    The rest is packing peanuts to keep the brain from getting lost in the vast emptiness.

      1. Sorry AKA,
        I was off to Gilligan’s Island (job) and couldn’t reply.

        Yes, I believe you are correct about Fat Boy Ted the murderer.
        Probably from the two swapping DNA. 😉

        PS. Cool prizes sis!

  4. I hope it’s not one of those “slow growth” types…like the nuclear destruction of Israel, the sooner – the better.

  5. I can’t believe how many revere that POS.
    He treated left behind MIAs as if they didn’t exist.

  6. Chemotherapy is newly reported to spread cancers, so I say:
    CHEMO, CHEMO, CHEMO, till the cows come home!!

    1. Personally, I prefer Songbird Johnny has to listen to the screams, and cries, and voices of all the POWs and MIAs that were tortured while he chose to stop all investigations into their whereabouts. Rot, Johnny, rot! There are those who hated Jane Fonda for what she did during the Viet Nam war, and I think you should be just as hated, you traitor! May the sound of those voices haunt you for all eternity!

  7. My question is…
    Who is going to inherit all of that beautiful land he stole in Sedona AZ after he dies.

  8. It looks like they’ve heard the news, also

    Take a good look at the makeup of this crowd in Spain.

      1. They are already practicing for McCains burial.

        They might need more horsepower
        to screw him into the ground

  9. A Serendipitous occasion I must say!

    From Wikipedia- Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”.

    I hope it hurts…..reeeel baddd….

  10. Ooooh…man…
    You people are brutal.

    I almost feel sorry for that ratt bassturd for the online beating he’s getting.

    In the Trenches.

  11. here’s a spin’

    he aint sick.. hes just getting “out” .. so they fake his death, so no one goes looking for him.. you may notice that could be the case with Scalia , and a few others, that have figured it out that they are expendable

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