The 80-year-old RINO & neocon had been away from Washington the past several days, recovering in his home state from a surgery he underwent last Friday in Phoenix to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
Following the operation, tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot, with the statement noting that “scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.” glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer.
Glioblastomas (GBM) are tumors that arise from astrocytes—the star-shaped cells that make up the “glue-like,” or supportive tissue of the brain. These tumors are usually highly malignant (cancerous) because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a large network of blood vessels.
Prognosis is usually reported in years of “median survival.” Median survival is the time at which an equal number of patients do better and an equal number of patients do worse. With standard treatment, median survival for adults with an anaplastic astrocytoma is about two to three years. For adults with more aggressive glioblastoma, treated with concurrent temozolamide and radiation therapy, median survival is about 14.6 months and two-year survival is 30%. However, a 2009 study reported that almost 10% of patients with glioblastoma may live five years or longer.
Doctors say that “the Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”
STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF SENATOR JOHN McCAIN
“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.
“Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.
“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.
“The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”
The office of Senator John McCain also released the following statement:
“Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.”
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are currently reviewing treatment options, and those may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. They say the senator is “recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”
McCain’s daughter, Meghan, on Wednesday released a heartfelt tribute to her father following the news of his diagnosis, writing candidly about her father’s character and strengths. She also referred to McCain’s battle against skin cancer in the early 2000s. McCain revealed in 2008 during his presidential campaign that he had four malignant melanomas removed in surgeries in 1993, 2000 and 2002.
President Trump issued a statement:
Senator John McCain has always been a fighter.
Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family.
Get well soon.
Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.