A recent blood clot operation has had Senator John McCain and his family worried that this might be a sign of a returning bout with skin cancer. Unfortunately, it seems that his health is in a much worse situation than first thought, as Senator McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 80.
His daughter, Meghan McCain, issued a heartbreaking message about her father. Taking to Twitter, she said, “My love for my father is boundless, and like any daughter, I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away…He is a warrior at dusk, one of the greatest Americans of our age, and the worthy heir to his father’s and grandfather’s name.” (via Meghan McCain on Twitter)
Concerns first began when McCain’s office issued a statement regarding a blood clot that was removed from above his left eye. Many were concerned that this might be a re-occurrence of melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer that the senator has fought with in the past.
However, doctors instead have diagnosed him with an aggressive form of brain cancer. “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” said the hospital. (via Fox News)
Meghan, the senator’s daughter, subsequently asked for prayers from her fellow Americans, saying, “The news of my father’s illness has affected every one of us in the McCain family…and now we live with the anxiety about what comes next. It is an experience familiar to us, given my father’s previous battle with cancer – and it is familiar to the countless American families whose loved ones are also stricken with the tragedy of disease…If we could ask anything of anyone now, it would be the prayers of those of who you understand this all too well. We would be so grateful for them.” (via Meghan McCain on Twitter)
Glioblastoma, according to the American Brain Tumor Association, is an aggressive type of tumor that arises from the supportive, glue-like tissue of the brain. It is characterized as a difficult cancer to treat, with some tumors so deep in the brain that they would be impossible to remove. Although chemotherapy has helped in slowing down the cancer’s spread, the average survival time is around 14.6 months, with less than 10% of patients living five years or longer.
Sen. McCain has just been diagnosed with brain cancer. Will you pray for him?
Although he recently had an aggressive tumor surgically removed at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, McCain is recovering well from the operation, according to a statement from his office. As he and his family are considering treatment options, many colleagues of the senator’s on both sides of the aisle are voicing their sympathies.
“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” said President Trump, “Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers…Get well soon.” (via CNN)
Former presidents expressed their respects as well, with even Barack Obama offering his sympathies to his former presidential campaign opponent. “Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.” (via Barack Obama on Twitter)
Please be praying for a swift recovery for Senator John McCain.