Big news is coming out in the political world, as GOP Senator John McCain provided a serious and life-threatening update on his health.
If you've been following American politics, you know that McCain underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot. The surgery is what prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to delay the vote on the Better Care Act, wanting to make sure McCain was able to vote.
Senator McCain has been involved in politics since 1982, when he served as a senate liaison while in the United States Navy. In 1982, he won a seat in the US House of Representatives, and in 1987 McCain was elected into the Senate.
Now, 75 years after his political career began, John McCain has announced some life-altering news that could end it all.
Continue reading to see the statement from John McCain and his family.
In a statement from his family, GOP Senator John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
"On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.
Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.
The Senators and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.
The Senators' doctors say he is recovering from his surgery 'amazingly well' and his underlying health is excellent."
Senator John McCain spent 5.5 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. His military experience has often been a talking point when discussing and debating political moves.
"I had a lot of time to think over there, and came to the conclusion that one of the most important things in life"”along with a man's family"”is to make some contribution to his country," McCain said in a first-person recount of his captivity.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John McCain and his family during this time.