Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, 80, has been diagnosed to have a brain tumor, according to the Mayo Clinic and senator’s office. The Wednesday statement by the Mayo Clinic declared "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." The statement continued, saying: "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."

It goes on to say: "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 medical team say he is recuperating well from surgery, stating that his “underlying health is excellent." 

A statement from McCain's office declared: "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."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also issued a statement. His statement read: 

"John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life. The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well. We all look forward to seeing this American hero again soon.”

Meghan McCain, the McCains' 32-year-old daughter tweeted, "The news of my father's illness has affected everyone one us in the McCain family." 

It went on to say, "The news of my father's illness has affected every on of us in the McCain family. My grandmother, mother, brothers, sister, and I have all endured the shock of the news, and now we live with the anxiety about what comes next.

“It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. 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 may ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.”

The Arizona governor will appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy should McCain die. McCain was re-elected in November 2016. In Arizona, requires appointed senators to belong to the same political party as the prior incumbent. McCain has been absent from the Senate for several days.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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