Physicians: Sen. John McCain has brain growth

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Jacquelyn Martin/ AP In this June 13, 2017, file image, Senate Armed Solutions Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Released Wednesday, July 19, 2017|5:16 p.m.

Updated Wednesday, July 19, 2017|6:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican governmental nominee with a popular maverick streak that often vexed his GOP associates, has actually been identified with a brain growth, his workplace said in a declaration Wednesday.

The 80-year-old lawmaker has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Center in Phoenix where McCain had an embolism removed from above his left eye last Friday. The senator and his family are examining additional treatment, consisting of a mix of chemotherapy and radiation.

“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain went through a treatment to get rid of a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Center Health center in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology exposed that a main brain growth known as a glioblastoma was connected with the embolism,” his office said in a statement.

About 20,000 individuals in the United States each year are detected with a glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive kind of brain tumor. The American Cancer Society puts the five-year survival rate for clients over 55 at about 4 percent.

The growth digs tentacle-like roots into normal brain tissue. Clients fare best when surgeons can cut out all the visible growth, which happened with McCain’s tumor, according to his workplace. That isn’t a remedy; malignant cells that aren’t noticeable still tend to hide, the reason McCain’s physicians are considering further treatment consisting of chemotherapy and radiation.

The senator and chairman of the Armed Services Committee had been recuperating at his Arizona home. His absence had actually required Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to postpone action on healthcare legislation. McCain had been slated to supervise dispute of the sweeping defense policy costs in the coming weeks.

As word spread of his medical diagnosis, President Donald Trump and McCain’s Senate coworkers, Republicans and Democrats, offered their prayers and assistance.

“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our ideas and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their whole household. Recover soon,” Trump stated.

McConnell called McCain a “hero to our conference and a hero to our country. He has never ever shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the exact same amazing courage that has actually defined his life.”

A Navy pilot, McCain was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for 5 1/2 years.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware stated McCain “is a fighter, and I am hopeful he will as soon as again beat the odds.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey explained McCain as “unquestionably the toughest guy in the United States Senate. He is an American hero and has actually served our country like couple of ever will.”

Physicians say McCain is recovering from his surgery remarkably well and his underlying health is excellent, according to the declaration.

His office divulged the elimination of the embolism late Saturday and stated the senator was waiting for pathology reports. In the past, McCain had been dealt with for melanoma.

In a declaration on Twitter, his daughter, Meghan McCain, said: “My love for my dad is limitless and like any daughter I can not and do not want to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away.”

With his irascible grin and fighter-pilot moxie, McCain was chosen to the Senate from Arizona 6 times, however twice thwarted in looking for the presidency.

An upstart governmental quote in 2000 didn’t last long. Eight years later, he resisted from the brink of defeat to win the GOP nomination, just to be subdued by Obama. McCain chose an obscure Alaska guv as his running mate in that race, and helped turn Palin into a national political figure.

After losing to Obama in an electoral landslide, McCain went back to the Senate, identified not to be defined by a failed presidential campaign. And when Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015, McCain accepted his new job as chairman of the powerful Armed Providers Committee, excited to play a huge function “in beating the forces of radical Islam that want to ruin America.”

Throughout his long tenure in Congress, McCain has played his role with hallmark verve, at one hearing dismissing a protester by calling out, “Get out of here, you low-life residue.”

In 2016, McCain stuck by Trump at times apparently through gritted teeth– until the release a month prior to the election of a salacious audio where Trump stated he might kiss and get women. Declaring that the breaking point, McCain withdrew his support and said he would compose in “some good conservative Republican who’s qualified to be president.”

He had actually mostly held his tongue earlier in the campaign when Trump questioned his status as a war hero by saying: “He was a war hero since he was caught. I like people who weren’t caught.”

McCain stated that was offensive to veterans, but “the best thing to do is put it behind us and progress.”

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