BREAKING: Major Health Update for John McCain

August 19, 2017

John McCain has made early progress in his battle against brain cancer, completing his first round of chemotherapy and radiation therapy on Friday.

“My father completed first round radiation/chemo,” Meghan McCain tweeted. “His resilience & strength is incredible. Fight goes on, here’s to small wins.”

An Ongoing Struggle

The Arizona senator revealed that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors, in July. Medical officials discovered the brain tumor during a separate medical procedure to surgically remove a blood clot above his left eye.

The elderly senator was not publicly dismayed upon receiving this news, and his daughter also commented:

It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.

Jeff Flake, the junior Republican senator from Arizona, acknowledged the seriousness of Mr. McCain’s diagnosis in a still-hopeful Twitter post. “Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man,” it reads.

Also Fighting in Congress

McCain was receiving care at the Mayo Center in Phoenix, Arizona at the time of his diagnosis. The news caused him to remain in the state for several days afterward, stalling a then-upcoming Senate debate on a Republican-led effort to repeal certain parts of the Affordable Care Act.

McCain would soon return to Washington to cast a crucial vote on a so-called “skinny repeal” of ObamaCare. In a stunning decision, McCain joined two of his GOP Senate colleagues, Maine Senator Susan Collins and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski in rejecting a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare.

The move was hotly criticized for dooming his own party’s efforts to undo former President Barack Obama‘s signature healthcare law.

Looking Forward

McCain’s office said he would undergo radiation and chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix while maintaining his current work schedule. He also announced his plans to return to Washington D.C. at the end of Congress’ recess this month.

We’ve said it before: John McCain is a great American. He’s also a terrible senator. For the sake of our country, and now more than ever, for his own sake as well, we hope he will both retire and beat cancer.


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Joel Brown

Joel Brown is an assistant editor and staff writer at the Conservative Institute.