Friday 23 February 2018

McCain has a 'vicious' cancer but outlook good

McCain: "All the results so far are excellent." Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Susan Cornwell

US Senator John McCain has described his brain cancer as "vicious" but believes the treatment is going well.

"This is a very vicious form of cancer that I'm facing," said Senator McCain, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008. The 80-year-old Arizona senator was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumour, glioblastoma, after surgery in July for a blood clot above his left eye.

"All the results so far are excellent," he said, adding that the prognosis was "pretty good".

"I'm facing a challenge, but I've faced other challenges, and I'm very confident about getting through this one as well," the senator said. "I've had no side-effects, no nothing except frankly an increased level of energy."

Mr McCain recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation, and he said that he would have an MRI today, an imaging technique used to evaluate medical conditions.

The senator, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam campaign, is also going to oversee work on a defence policy bill on the Senate floor next week.

"Every life has to end one way or another," he said, adding that he was very happy with his life, including the 2008 campaign that he lost to former president Barack Obama.

"I am able to celebrate a wonderful life and I will be grateful for additional time that I have," he said.

Irish Independent

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