US Senate

Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor

July 19, 2017 - 7:23 pm

(WASHINGTON) -- Senator John McCain, who underwent surgery on a blood clot above his left eye, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Mayo Clinic Hopsital in Phoenix said.

McCain had the blood clot removed on Friday, and subsequent tissue pathology showed a primary brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, associated with the clot. Scanning done in the days since the procedure showed that the "tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria."

McCain and his family are considering further treatment options, which could include chemotherapy and radiation.

His doctors say he is recovering from surgery "amazingly well" and "his underlying health is excellent," according to the statement.

In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain "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," McConnell added.

McCain's daughter, Fox News host and contributor Meghan McCain, said that her father is "the toughest person I know," and that "he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways, but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has."

Many others, including former President Barack Obama and McCain's 2008 running mate Sarah Palin also wished McCain well:

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