Thursday, July 20, 2017

Senator John McCain Has Brain Cancer

Senator John McCain, a war hero, six term Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has brain cancer.

The news of McCain's diagnosis was learned when his office released a statement from the Mayo Clinic that the six term Senator has a glioblastoma, one of the most common but also one of the most malignant brain tumors.

Mr. McCain’s office said he was recuperating at his home in Arizona and...

appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days.

Mr. McCain learned of the tumor after undergoing surgery late last week at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

Medical experts said the type of tumor Mr. McCain has is particularly aggressive. The median survival of a glioblastoma is about 16 months.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, died from the exact same kind of brain tumor in 2009.

Senator McCain is the son of a prominent family dedicated to military service, was the public face of the mistreatment of American prisoners at the North Vietnamese camp known as the Hanoi Hilton. It was there where as a Navy pilot he was confined and tortured for over five years.

A few years into his imprisonment McCain was set to be released due to his ranking but instead chose to remain with his fellow soldiers until they were released as well.

McCain was tortured severely for his refusal and sustained injuries that plague him even today from the repeated beatings.

He was released from captivity on March 14, 1973.

After he retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 McCain became interested in politics and ran for the congress in Arizona, easily winning his first election in 1982. He then went on to win the Senate seat given up by the Arizona icon Barry Goldwater in 1986.

In 2008 McCain ran for the presidency of the United States. He faced an uphill battle given public discontentment with the United States-led war in Iraq and overall fatigue with the administration of George W. Bush. and lost the bid to an upstart freshman Senator named Barack Obama.

Following his defeat McCain returned to the Senate where he continued to serve as a maverick known for his honesty, truth telling and no-nonsense style has earned him a level of bipartisan respect rarely seen in these times of political division.

Mr. McCain has stated that he would decide when to return to the Senate as he consults with his medical advisers.

Let's hope it's soon and for several more terms.

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