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8:22 pm - 07/19/2017
John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Arizona Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported on Wednesday.

McCain returned to Arizona last week after becoming ill, which prompted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a potential vote on health care.

According to Gupta, McCain had surgery to address the tumor, and has since returned to his home. Gupta said McCain will need a combination of chemotherapy and radiation to continue recovering, Gupta reported.

"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," a statement from the Mayo Clinic read. "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot."

The Mayo Clinic confirmed Gupta's reporting on McCain's treatment options.

"Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation," the statement added. "The Senator's doctors say he is recovering from his surgery 'amazingly well' and his underlying health is excellent."

McCain's office has confirmed his condition in a statement Wednesday evening.

"Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days," a statement read. "He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona."

McCain was first elected to the Senate in 1986. He then had a pair of unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008.

chaya 20th-Jul-2017 12:25 am (UTC)
Do we know who might take his seat?
blackjedii 20th-Jul-2017 12:27 am (UTC)
Idk if anyone will - YET. There may be some time to see whether they can treat it and he can function or if he needs to step down. The statement doesn't say how serious it is but I suspect at his age he'll definitely need to consider it.

In retrospect this kind of explains all his weird questioning wrt Comey. We had a family friend who was getting brain cancer and she started forgetting what day it was, and that was when she was - good - functioning.
lovedforaday 20th-Jul-2017 12:25 am (UTC)

kate_mct 20th-Jul-2017 12:34 am (UTC)
I hate what McCain has become since 2008 but I would not wish this on my worst enemy.
chaya 20th-Jul-2017 12:43 am (UTC)
natyanayaki 20th-Jul-2017 01:08 am (UTC)
i just...can't feel bad for him...maybe for his family. i don't wish this upon him, but i just don't have the energy to feel bad for him.
lovedforaday 20th-Jul-2017 01:09 am (UTC)
fair. it is sad his mom's still alive to see him suffer.
natyanayaki 20th-Jul-2017 01:10 am (UTC)
i wish i did tho, i've felt bad since i heard for not feeling bad for him half hour or so...but...bleh.

i'm dreading all the upcoming handwaving of his ish...
pastelpinklace 20th-Jul-2017 01:53 am (UTC)
Man who would've caused thousands of death now has cancer, Karma is real. Don't feel sorry but I'm not happy either.
lightframes 20th-Jul-2017 02:18 am (UTC)
Cancer is awful.
natyanayaki 20th-Jul-2017 04:07 am (UTC)

yeah, no...0 sympathy and i no longer feel bad about it.

he didn't have to be a racist, classist, homophobic war monger over the last decade.

i'm not happy, i'm not celebrating, but yeah...

Edited at 2017-07-20 04:08 am (UTC)
rainbows_ 20th-Jul-2017 05:04 am (UTC)
yep, basically my thoughts as well.

ladycyndra 21st-Jul-2017 11:08 pm (UTC)
Exactly how I feel.
shadwing 22nd-Jul-2017 10:36 pm (UTC)
If he holds his seat till death...but cannot vote do to illness that's one less R vote in the Senate...where they can only afford to lose 3 votes at most. So I have no doubt there is already movement to get him to step down and get a new senator in place ASAP...of course there is the SLIGHT chance that a Dem will take the seat.

They already delayed the vote once for him, they can't do that forever.
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