McCain: Brain Cancer
Over the last several days Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has been hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix for treatment of a blood clot formed above his left eye. A minor procedure but doctors discovered a tumor near the eye during the simple procedure.
In a statement to news sources the hospital said: "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,". Scanning since the procedure shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by the imaging criteria.
Doctors have said this type of tumor is one of the most aggressive forms and it is sneaky; it puts out microscopic roots that go deeper into brain tissue. On the positive side a tumor above the eye is in a good location that permits its removal with lessor risks to the brain functions of language, motor and other functions.
The American Cancer Society puts the five-year survival rate for patients over 55 years old at around four percent. McCain will be 81 on August 29th.
The Senator and his family are in the process of reviewing further treatment options including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. Doctors reported that he is recovering well and his underlying health is excellent.
The 80 year old Senator from Arizona first took office during the Reagan years of 1987. McCain ran for president in 2008 becoming the first presidential candidate to pick a woman for veep: Sarah Palin. McCain has found himself at odds with members of both parties in the past over a wide variety of issues.
Sen. McCain has served the United States for decades from his service in the US Navy in the Viet Nam era and later in politics, sometimes at great personal sacrifice to himself and his family. We at Classic Rock 92.1 wish John McCain the very best and a speedy return to vigorous health and are keeping he and his family in our thoughts and prayers.