U.S. Sen. John McCain revealed Wednesday evening that he has a brain tumor and there is no word yet if he will return to his work as a senator.
The tumor was discovered after a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday.
Test results revealed the glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord. Average survival for malignant glioblastoma tends to be around 14 months with treatment. 10% of patients with glioblastoma may live five years or longer, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.
In McCain’s case, additional therapy, including radiation, can not begin until the blood clot incision heals, which would be in the next three or four weeks.
This is the same type of cancerous tumor that caused the death of Senator Ted Kennedy.
A statement from McCain’s doctors said that he is recovering from his surgery, but it is unclear when the 80-year-old Republican would return to the Senate.
“Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate,” the statement read.
The statement is as follows:
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.”
McCain had told his doctor that he had, at times, felt foggy and not as sharp as he typically is. In addition, he reported having intermittent double vision. These symptoms and doctor intuition prompted a CT scan.
McCain made news recently when he asked a very incoherent question at the Comey Congressional hearings.
“That was amazing for so many reasons, but the surprise ending is that John McCain was revealed to be…not quite…all there,” tweeted author Maureen Johnson.
McCain later blamed his apparent sluggishness on staying up late for the Arizona Diamondbacks MLB game, which ended 1:28 a.m. Thursday Washington DC time.
My prayers are with him and his family. No one wants to see any human suffer from this dreaded cancer.