John McCain diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer

John McCain.
John McCain during his presidential campaign.

United States senator John McCain has revealed he has a brain tumour.

The former presidential nominee, and once a prisoner of war, is recovering at home after having a blood clot removed above his left eye, and is reviewing his treatment options after tissue analysis revealed the tumour. Treatment options include chemotherapy and radiation.

Eighty-year-old McCain’s doctors released this statement:

“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.”

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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.”

Barack Obama is one of many who have taken to social media to offer their support and encouragement for McCain.

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McCain’s daughter has also posted a comment on social media, saying the news has been a shock to the whole family. “Now we live with the anxiety about what comes next,” she wrote, while asking for people’s prayers.

Have you dealt with a cancer diagnosis in your family. How did you deal with the news?