John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and current U.S. Senator known for political independence during more than three decades in the Senate, is diagnosed with brain cancer.
Former Navy pilot was re-elected to a sixth Senate term in November, he has been recovering at home since the surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix last Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.
His office said that later tissue analysis showed that glioblastoma, a brain tumor, was connected with the clot. His doctor said he was recovering “amazingly well”. Now all McCain can to is undergo a treatment that includes radiation and chemotherapy.
Medical experts said that glioblastoma, which is a grade IV tumor, is usually very aggressive and spreads quickly.
“It takes people’s lives almost uniformly … The tumor cells are very resistant to conventional therapy, such as radiation and chemotherapy. It’s a poor prognosis,” said Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, who chairs the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington.
McCain’s family is at shock, but his daughter said her father was the “most confident and calm” after hearing the diagnose and he is ready to battle against cancer.
He was prisoner during the Vietnamese war, there he was tortured and beaten, after that he had non-invasive melanomas removed three times.
First sign of the disease noticed by others was his sudden rambling during questioning former FBI Director James Comey at a Senate hearing, for people that was very strange as he was always a keen interrogator. However, doctors said that there were no signs of neurological impairment before his surgery.
Members of Congress offered him tributes and wished for his recovery. Among his peers and the media McCain is one of the best-known and most popular U.S. lawmakers. “This disease has never had a more worthy opponent,” said Senator Lindsey Graham adding that McCain sounded “resolved and determined” than ever on the telephone.
“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” said President Donald Trump. “Get well soon.”
Barack Obama called his rival from 2008 elections “an American hero and one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”
Although he was one of the biggest critics of Obama’s foreign policy, it didn’t stop him from criticizing even Trump.
In the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination McCain criticized Trump, and Trump answered by saying McCain is not a war hero because he was captured by the enemies.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain labeled McCain as a hero and said he is looking forward to his return to Washington.
McCain said many times that his proudest moment as a U.S. Senator was success in banning torture in 2015.
He spent five and a half years as a war prisoner, and even when he was offered release because his father was admiral, he refused to be freed before those who were held captive longer. He came back to the U.S. in 1973.