The political news cycle took a massive pause on Wednesday night when it was revealed that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
The senior senator and two-time presidential candidate had a blood clot removed above his eye last week, but he wasn’t displaying any signs of neurological problems before or after the procedure.
Subsequent tests revealed that he has a brain tumor, and the family is said to be reviewing treatment options.
As Buzzfeed explains, McCain did report occasional symptoms he has been experiencing prior to his recent surgery.
Before the surgery, McCain told his doctors he had, at times, felt foggy and not as sharp as normal, and was having double vision, according to CNN. However, after the surgery, the senator reportedly was oriented, had good balance, and experienced no headaches. He has been recovering at home since Saturday, when he was discharged from the hospital.
The type of brain tumor has been revealed—and it isn’t looking good. From Tuscon.com:
The announcement follows a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday, where a pathology report revealed the glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.
Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.
Glioblastoma can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells, the association says.
About 20,000 people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with a glioblastoma. The American Cancer Society puts the five-year survival rate for patients over 55 at about 4 percent.
The stunning news quickly put everything else on hold in political circles.
An overwhelming amount of support has flowed in wish McCain well in his battle against the dreaded disease.
News of McCain’s cancer diagnosis prompted an outpouring of support. President Trump said in a statement that McCain “has always been a fighter.”
“Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family,” Trump said. “Get well soon.”
Obama, McCain’s former rival, called him “an American hero and one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known.”
Hillary Clinton similarly praised McCain, saying he “is as tough as they come.” And Bill Clinton said “as he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain.”
Former President George H.W. Bush released a statement saying, “The Hanoi Hilton couldn’t break John McCain’s spirit many years ago, so Barbara and I know — with confidence — he and his family will meet this latest battle in his singular life of service with courage and determination.”
We’ll echo all of those sentiments. McCain has fully demonstrated that he’s tough as nails, and the smart money says not to count him out against any obstacle.
McCain is one of those rare politicians whose appeal crosses party lines. That’s partially because he has demonstrated a sincere desire to bring people together and work out reasonable solutions for all.
Thoughts and prayers go out to McCain and his family, who can take some small solace in the fact that they have a ton of people pulling for them right about now.