John McCain Halts Brain Cancer Treatment
The United States Republican Senator John McCain will no longer be continuing treatment for his brain cancer, his family has announced.
Te Triangle News recalls that the 81-year-old lawmaker was diagnosed with an aggressive form of a brain tumour last summer and had been undergoing treatment since July 2017.
The former Presidential aspirant left Washington to be with his family in Arizona, though he has still been a vocal political figure, who has been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump.
McCain’s family said in a statement: “Last year, 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.”
“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 chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”
In a tweet, Meghan McCain, Senator McCain’s daughter, said that her family “is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity” they have received over the past year.
His wife, Cindy McCain, also shared the family’s statement on Twitter, saying: “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along the journey.”
CNG reports that McCain represented his state in the Senate and House for 35 years and has been a strong voice within the Republican party.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said he was “very sad” to hear the news.
“Very sad to hear this morning’s update from the family of our dear friend @SenJohnMcCain. We are so fortunate to call him our friend and colleague. John, Cindy, and the entire McCain family are in our prayers at this incredibly difficult hour”.
Also reacting to the development, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mr McCain “personifies service to our country”.
Similarly, fellow former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney echoed those sentiments, saying “no man this century better exemplifies honour, patriotism, service, sacrifice and country first”.
“No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service, sacrifice, and country first than Senator John McCain. His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by our friendship”.