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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer | Trump, Bush, Obama, Clinton react

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, who have spent more than three decades representing Arizona in the Senate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

CNN reports that the 80 years old senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot.

Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.

A pathologist was in the operating room during the procedure, a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision, said his doctor, who added that the surgery lasted about three to four hours. Post-surgical brain scans show the tissue causing concern has been completely removed.

McCain is recovering "amazingly well," according to a statement from his office.
 
McCain is now recovering at his Arizona home. He and his family are considering treatment options, which will likely include radiation and chemotherapy, his doctors said.



McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, responded to the news in a statement.

"The news of my father's illness has affected every one of us in the McCain family. My grandmother, mother, brothers, sisters and I have all endured the shock of the news, and now we live with the anxiety about what comes next," she said. "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 news has elicited reactions from US leaders, including President Trump, Clinton, Obama, Bush and others.

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