Sen. John McCain Has Brain Cancer: Report

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Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to several reports released late Wednesday evening.


According to CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who spoke directly to McCain’s doctors, the 80-year-old senator was diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor. McCain underwent a successful surgery Friday to remove the tumor and is recovering at his Arizona home.

Because of McCain’s history of skin cancer, he is seen every four months by a doctor. On Friday, McCain went to the doctor for a routine physical exam. McCain—whom his doctor of nearly 10 years “described as not being a complainer”—mentioned that he was feeling a bit fatigued at times and added that he felt a bit foggy and had some trouble with double vision, CNN reports. The doctor ordered a CT scan. A blood clot was discovered, and McCain had surgery to remove the blood clot. According to CNN, “Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot.”

Glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive tumor, was found over the senator’s eye and was removed.

“The news of my father’s illness has affected every one of us in the McCain Family,” tweeted Meghan McCain on Wednesday. “It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father.”

McCain is doing “amazingly well,” and his family is considering treatment options including radiation and chemotherapy, according to his doctor, who spoke with CNN.

And, of course, because the president doesn’t know how to even remotely act or sound presidential in any capacity, he released an official statement through the White House that read as if McCain had bruised his knee taking a hard slide into third base during a T-ball game.


“Get well soon”? Feels rather flippant considering the seriousness of McCain’s condition. But at least he said something that remotely sounded like concern, considering all the other horrible things he has said about McCain.


And just for reference’s sake, here is how you tweet a war hero who’s battling cancer:


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Monique Judge

Your president told him to “get well soon” like he got chicken pox or something. I can’t.