Sen. John McCain, a fixture in the upper chamber and 2008 Republican Party standard-bearer, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, it was reported late Wednesday.
According to The Hill, the devastating news came as McCain had been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona for a blood clot behind his left eye. In a statement, the clinic confirmed that a malignancy had been discovered.
“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. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” a statement released by McCain’s Senate office read.
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“Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.
“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”
Doctors for McCain, who is 80, revealed to CNN that the tumor is primary glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. CNN’s report noted that average survival time with treatment after diagnosis for primary glioblastoma is 14 months, although 10 percent of patients survive for more than five years.
The clot was originally discovered during a physical on the Arizona senator last week. At that time, McCain had said he would spend a week recovering from the surgery and return to Washington. However, reports in the media quickly began to indicate that McCain’s surgery was more serious than the senator’s people were letting on… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]