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John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer – What is glioblastoma?

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Senator John McCain, has reportedly been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. The top Republican leader who recently underwent an operation to remove a blood clot is expected to begin a new round of medication to cure cancerous brain tumor.

The shocking revelation was made in a statement released by the Phoenix Mayo Clinic. “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”, the statement said.

The statement went on to add, “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.”

McCain is one of the most respected politicians in the US right now. A celebrated Army veteran, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 and became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973.

This might be his fighting spirit that prompted former President Barack Obama to send a very encouraging note to him, following announcement of the cancerous brain tumor.

Obama in a tweet said, “John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John”.

John McCain is suffering from a sort of cancer that is called glioblastoma. It is considered a grade IV tumor, the most malignant of gliomas. Medical experts said it can be very aggressive and spread into other parts of the brain quickly.

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, who chairs the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington was quoted by the media as saying, “It takes people’s lives almost uniformly … The tumor cells are very resistant to conventional therapy, such as radiation and chemotherapy. It’s a poor prognosis”. But apparently it is true about most forms of the cancer and more importantly when cancer is discovered late.

Meanwhile a statement released by McCain said, “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.”

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