Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, told Sen. Lindsey Graham over the phone Wednesday that hes been through worse, and then went on to discuss health care and other policy problems.
McCain, R-Ariz., talked about the long road ahead regarding therapies, but said that he has been through wars. Graham said McCain — that is resting at his home in Arizona — seemed determined and resolved.
The disease hasn’t had a worthy opponent, Graham said.
McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for at least five years. From being tortured, injuries left the longtime Arizona senator unable to lift his arms.
McCain, chairman of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to physicians at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where McCain had a blood clot removed from above his left eye Friday.
Its the same sort of tumor that struck McCains close Democratic Party in legislative battles, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
The tumor digs tentacle-like roots . Patients fare when surgeons can cut out all the tumor, which happened with McCains tumor, according to his office. That isnt a cure cells that arent visible still tend to lurk, why McCains physicians are currently considering treatment, including radiation and chemotherapy.
In a statement on Twitter, the senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, spoke of the shock of the anxiety and this information . My love for my father is boundless and I can’t and don’t wish to be in a universe. I have faith that those days remain far away, she said.
News about the surgery to remove a blood clot took many by surprise. Some theorized that McCain might have showed signs of a health issue during last months Senate questioning of former FBI Director James Comey. The senator appeared to struggle with his line of questioning. At one point, Comey said, Im a little confused, Senator.
McCain blamed his vague questions on being tired from staying up late to watch an Arizona Diamondbacks game the night before.
A neurosurgeon downplayed the Senate hearing testimony as proof of the condition, USA Today reported. Dr. Joseph Zabramski, a neurosurgeon, told the paper that McCain was normal after the hearing and does not see a connection.
Presidents past and present along with McCains current and former Senate colleagues offered support in an outpouring rarely seen in Washington.
A group of senators prayed together Wednesday night after learning that McCain had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to one of the lawmakers.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., stated he asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., with a master’s degree in divinity, to direct the group in prayer.
“It was very emotional,” Hoeven added. The group of senators took part to discuss health care.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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