WASHINGTON — A little more than a year after announcing that he is suffering from a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced today that he won’t be receiving any more treatment.
“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious,” read a statement from the six-term senator’s family. “In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival.”
“But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” they continued. “Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.”
The chairman of the Armed Services Committee, 81, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same aggressive type of tumor suffered by late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Beau Biden, after pathology was conducted on a blood clot removed from behind his left eyebrow in July 2017.
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee has spent months at home in Arizona as side effects from treatment have taken their toll. The senator was treated for invasive malignant melanoma on his left temple in 2000.
His wife of 38 years, Cindy, tweeted, “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”
One of his seven children, pundit Meghan McCain, tweeted, “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.”