McCain speaks out since diagnosis

After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Arizona Sen. John McCain spoke out by contacting Sen. Lindsey Graham over the phone Wednesday to say that he’s “been through worse” before moving on to discuss health care and other policy matters.

“The disease has never had a more worthy opponent,” Graham said, noting that the man earned his grit through more than five years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

McCain’s diagnosis was announced Wednesday night, after doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix removed a blood clot from above his left eye last Friday and discovered a glioblastoma, which is an aggressive form of brain cancer, according to doctors.

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died from the same type of brain cancer.

According to his office, a tumor like this invades normal brain tissue with “tentacle-like roots,” and patients have the best outcome when surgeons are able to remove it, which McCain’s doctors did. However, removing the tumor won’t cure the cancer, which could leave microscopic cells behind, so doctors want him to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

The senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, posted her statement on Twitter, saying that the news of her dad’s cancer has affected their entire family. “My love for my father is boundless and like any daughter I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away.”

McCain’s current and former Senate colleagues have been expressing their hopes that the senator can overcome what looks to be the toughest battle he’s ever faced.

After hearing about McCain’s diagnosis, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who has a master’s degree in divinity, to lead a group of senators in prayer on Wednesday evening. “It was very emotional,” said Hoeven.

“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon,” President Trump said.

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