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Sen. John McCain's Next Courageous Battle: Brain Cancer

August 15, 2017

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American hero. Resolute politician. A man who perseveres.

Sen. John McCain has been described by all of these terms because courage and strength have been at the forefront of everything he’s accomplished: From his harrowing stint as a POW in the Vietnam War to his long-term career as a straight-talking politician.

Now at the age of 80, he faces another courageous battle — against brain cancer.

"Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter, and he’ll win this fight too," tweeted Vice President Mike Pence. 

Sen. McCain has been diagnosed with primary glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. The tumor was discovered during surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye.

This type of cancer can develop anywhere in the brain or spinal cord, but it’s most commonly seen in the frontal and temporal lobes of the cerebrum. On July 31, he began a treatment of targeted radiation and chemotherapy.

"He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political like could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other," McCain’s daughter, Meghan, said in a statement.

"Cancer may afflict him in many ways, but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has."