Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, his office said Wednesday evening.
The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said that tests revealed “a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma” that was associated with a blood clot above his left eye that was removed last week.
“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team,” said the hospital in a statement. “Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”
McCain, 80, was treated for the blood clot last week. His office announced last Saturday that he would be away from the Senate all of this week.
“The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent,” the hospital said in its statement.
McCain’s daughter Meghan wrote on Twitter that the McCain family would be “grateful” for prayers.
“It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father,” Meghan McCain wrote. “He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.”
In a statement Wednesday night, President Donald Trump said:
“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.”
Updated Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm