Doctors find second tumor in Sen. John McCain’s brain
PHOENIX — Doctors found a second tumor in the brain of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the same place as the surgically-removed original growth.
The 81-year-old senator told People magazine he was feeling fine despite the second tumor that was discovered during chemotherapy.
“I’m getting treatment, and my progress is steady and good,” he told the publication. “People are saying, ‘I hope you can get over this.’ I believe I will.”
McCain underwent at least one round of chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and another at the National Institutes of Health. It was not clear which facility found the second tumor.
The senator’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on the second tumor.
McCain’s daughter, Meghan, said she changed her plans to elope and decided on a Thanksgiving wedding because of her father’s diagnosis.
“We pushed everything up,” Meghan says. “My dad is doing really well right now, but it’s a deeply unpredictable cancer. You’re really just living scan to scan. I wanted to make sure that he was — that we were all — there. Why wait?”
McCain announced over the summer that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.
The typical survival period after a diagnosis is 12 to 15 months, though a small percentage live longer than five years.
The senator called his prognosis “very poor” in a September interview with “60 Minutes.”
“The prognosis is very, very serious,” McCain said. “Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. It’s a very poor prognosis. So, I just said, ‘I understand, now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find, and do the best we can.’ And, at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived.”
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