Senator John McCain discontinues cancer treatment

United States Senator John McCain has chosen to discontinue treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, according to a statement issued by the McCain family. The Arizona senator was diagnosed with the disease last summer but continued to be an active voice in local, national and international affairs. The McCain family shared the news this morning:

“Last summer, 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 now chosen to discontinue medical treatment. Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.”

Cindy McCain tweeted her gratitude for the outpouring of love and encouragement from supporters, “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”

Local and national leaders of all party affiliations also tweeted support for the McCain family and reflected on the Senator’s service. “John McCain is an American hero, always putting country before self,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “From Vietnam, to the halls of the U.S. Senate, the spirit of service and civility that has guided Senator McCain’s life stands as a model for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.”

Lorna Romero

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