John McCain Undergoes Surgery to Remove Aggressive Tumor. Then Doctors Deliver News, Family Devastated

John McCain Undergoes Surgery to Remove Aggressive Tumor Then Doctors Deliver News Family Devastated

John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona, has honestly earned his reputation as a fighter. From his six-year-long incarceration in a Viet Cong prisoner-of-war camp to his quixotic campaign for president in 2008, Sen. McCain has rarely backed down from tough engagements.

That grit should serve him well in what looks to be the struggle of his life. On July 19, his office revealed that a routine visit to the doctor ended in a devastating diagnosis.

Sen. McCain initially went for his annual physical with minor complaints about lingering fatigue and a bout of double vision. Concerned, his physician ordered a CAT scan and an MRI, which showed a mass behind his left eye that looked like a blood clot.

On July 14, surgeons from the Mayo Clinic removed the mass. But what they found was infinitely worse than a clot.

Sen. McCain has a brain tumor, and not just any tumor. The growth he’ll be battling is a glioblastoma, one of the most virulent kinds of brain cancer.

Glioblastomas are fast-growing, highly invasive primary brain tumors. Unlike metastatic tumors, they don’t spread from another kind of cancer (e.g., melanoma, lung cancer), and they don’t appear to have an environmental or hereditary cause.

Dr Elizabeth Stoll of the University of Newcastle’s Institute of Neuroscience says that they “arise spontaneously … It really can hit anybody.

“Like many cancers, you’re more likely to get it when you’re older. Glioblastoma can occur at any age, although the number of incidents can increase with age.”

The statistics surrounding the disease are grim. Median survival rates are roughly 14 months from diagnosis, and the increased pressure that the tumor places on the brain can lead to seizures, unsteadiness, and headaches.

Treatment options include surgically removing the tumor as well as rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Sometimes physicians will pursue all three courses.

Doctors have already removed as much of Sen. McCain’s tumor as possible during his surgery. News of his ailment brought words of kindness from both sides of the political aisle.

President Donald Trump released a statement that read, “Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family.”

Former Presidential opponent Barack Obama also weighed in on Twitter, saying, “John McCain is an American hero and one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”

But no words were as touching as those from Sen. McCain’s daughter Meghan. She said, “He is the toughest person I know.

“The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him.

“So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: But it will not make him surrender.”

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