Sen. John McCain Discontinuing Treatment for Brain Cancer, Family Says

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, has made the decision to discontinue medical treatment, his family said in a statement on Friday.

“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” the family of the Arizona Republican said in a statement.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, is a key voice in the Republican Party and an icon of the Senate.

The statement went on to say, “Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.”

McCain’s wife and daughter both put out additional statements on Twitter.

Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, wrote in a tweet, “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”

The senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, said in a tweet, “My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you – you’ve given us strength to carry on.”

Senators, elected officials react

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the news “very sad,” and said on Twitter that “John, Cindy, and the entire McCain family are in our prayers at this incredibly difficult hour.”

“Very sad to hear this morning’s update from the family of our dear friend @SenJohnMcCain. We are so fortunate to call him our friend and colleague. John, Cindy, and the entire McCain family are in our prayers at this incredibly difficult hour,” McConnell tweeted.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family.”

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement, “John McCain is an American hero, always putting country before self. From Vietnam to the halls of the U.S. Senate, the spirit of service and civility that has guided Senator McCain’s life stands as a model for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.” The governor said that he and his wife Angela “had the great privilege of visiting with Senator McCain and Cindy in May. Then and now, our prayers and our hearts are with them and their entire family.”

7 comments

  • Jeff Woehrle

    I feel for the good people of Arizona. Their Senate representation being held hostage by one man’s ego.

  • Timothy Spillane

    My heart goes out to the McCain family…as someone who has lost loved ones to cancer (as most of us have), it’s heartbreaking to witness them go from the vibrant individuals they once were, and see this insidious disease wreak havoc on these once beautiful people.

    But calling John McCain “a key voice in the Republican Party” is a bit disingenuous, isn’t it? His policy stance has been about as ANTI Republican as one can get without going full socialist. He spent the last two years constantly and consistently worked in a polar opposite direction of the current president, while at the same time touting the talking points of the party that is supposed to be his ideological opposition. If anything, he should’ve changed his party affiliation, if he wanted to finish his political life in an honest fashion for his constituents.

    Now, is he a decorated war veteran? Absolutely…nobody can take away his time spent serving our country in Vietnam. And by that virtue, I consider every man and woman who serves in the armed forces a hero in their own right so…sure, we can call him a hero for his service. Is he a “senate icon”? That’s a bit of a reach…if longevity is the sole qualifier for icon status, then ok..but if that’s how this works, then Strom Thurmond is a true senate icon too, publically flaunted racist past and all. Joe McCarthy as well…he actually did things that changed the course of American history during his terms as senator, good bad or otherwise. Speaking of which, exactly what has McCain done for the country in his years as a senator, besides the occasional vote on policy, some off putting criticism of the president, and his own failed presidential bid? I don’t recall the history changing “McCain Proposition” that made life in these United States that much happier, healthier and/or safer for our citizens…am I missing something?

    Let’s be realistic and brutally honest here…Senator John McCain isn’t long for this world, and if past experience with brain cancer has taught me anything, it’s not going to be an easy passing for him. His family will suffer deep, soul crushing grief in a way they can never imagine, and will take ages to recover from. These things are immensely sad. But, let’s not heap praise on the man that he doesn’t really deserve, just because his time on this plane of existence is at its end. By all means, be honest about his lifetime accomplishments, but…keep the false flag waving down, please.

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