Sen. John McCain has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer, the Arizona senator’s family said.
In a statement, the family stated McCain has surpassed expectations for his survival, but “the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.” The family added: “With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”
The 81-year-old McCain is in his sixth term representing Arizona. He has been away from the Capitol since December undergoing treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, which was diagnosed in July 2017.
Family members say they are immensely grateful for the support and kindness shown by McCain’s caregivers and for the outpouring of concern and affection by thousands of people.
The senator’s wife, Cindy, tweeted, “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”
I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey. pic.twitter.com/v27sEbboii
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 24, 2018
Daughter Meghan McCain added, “My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you — you’ve given us strength to carry on.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R), upon whom it will likely fall to name Senator McCain’s replacement, stated, “John McCain is an American hero, always putting country before self. From Vietnam to the halls of the U.S. Senate, the spirit of service and civility that has guided Senator McCain’s life stands as a model for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.”
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) August 24, 2018
“Angela and I had the great privilege of visiting with Senator McCain and Cindy in May. Then and now, our prayers and our hearts are with them and their entire family,” he added.
McCain was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and most recently re-elected in 2016.
In July 2017, he returned to Capitol Hill while undergoing treatment for cancer and delivered remarks from the Senate floor.
“Make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life,” he said.
“And I am so grateful to the people of Arizona for the privilege — for the honor — of serving here and the opportunities it gives me to play a small role in the history of the country I love.”
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