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Senator John McCain Has Brain Cancer, A Glioblastoma

July 19, 2017

This story hits hard in America tonight.  For most of my readers the workings of Washington D.C. has always had the at times crusty, always funny, and continually sharp-minded face of John McCain to either provoke us, inform us, prod us, and at times encourage us.

Therefore it is truly sad to hear and read that Senator McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for his independent streak over more than three decades in the Senate, has brain cancer.

The statement said the medical condition was discovered after Mr. McCain, 80, who was re-elected to a sixth term in November, underwent surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

“Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” the statement said. “Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”

Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, said that “a glioblastoma is the most common and most malignant of brain tumors.”

The median survival is about 16 months.

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