Arizona Sen. John McCain to Stop Cancer Treatment

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It has been a long and valiant fight but on Friday, Arizona Sen. John McCain’s family announced that one of the most popular Republicans to speak out against the current president’s authoritarian regime will discontinue his brain cancer treatment.

“The progress of the disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict,” McCain’s family said in a statement, NBC News reports. “With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.

“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,” the family continued. “God bless and thank you all.”


McCain, 81, has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma since 2017. McCain had been undergoing a forceful form of treatment that caused him to spend more time resting in his Arizona home. In May, McCain underwent a surgery for an intestinal infection.

During an appearance on NPR that same month, the one time presidential hopeful, who bravely returned to the U.S. Capitol after his cancer diagnosis to vote “no” on Trump’s attempt to repeal Obamacare, told the news station, “I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here.”

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Look: cancer fucking sucks. My mom is currently undergoing treatment for stage 3 lung cancer, and I am doing everything I can to help support her as she fights back against this shitty disease. That said: I am sick and tired of this bullshit lionizing of John McCain simply because he has cancer. McCain may pay lip service against Trump, but he actively voted and supported many of his policies. He aligned with Trump 83% of the time when it came to voting on his policies. 83%!!!!

I wish him and his family comfort and peace, but please let’s stop pretending as if McCain didn’t also directly help cause pain and suffering, and helped elect Trump.