Wednesday, July 19, 2017
John McCain, Brain Cancer
Arizona Senator John McCain has been diagnosed as suffering from brain cancer.
The office for the 80-year-old McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008 and a U.S. senator representing Arizona since 1987, released a statement from the Mayo Clinic announcing that, after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week, “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.”
“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”
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Things aren't looking good for Ol' McCain:
Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain.... Despite maximum treatment, the cancer usually recurs. The most common length of survival following diagnosis is 12 to 15 months with less than 3% to 5% of people surviving longer than five years. Without treatment survival is typically 3 months.
Lost 2 friends on recent years to this. There really isn't anything to be done.
I always like John McCain, and he survived hell in the hellwater of Viet Nam. But it should be noted that as a Senitor in the US Government, will be entitled to the best care in the US, paid for by all US taxpayers, while his party is finding any devious way they can find to make sure that average citizens of the 'greatest democracy in the world' lose any benefits they might have received from a less than wonderful ACA known famously through Republican hiercarcy as Obamacare.
I lost a friend last year to this same form of brain cancer. His specialist told him he had two months. That prognosis was eerily accurate.
The Arizona GOP has some fanatic Tea Party types they've wanted to displace McCain and another "moderate" Republican. I guess they'll be getting their wish sooner than they had hoped.
Grim news indeed. My brother-in-law had it, and despite aggressive treatment, lived about a year after diagnosis. I wonder if McCain will have access to some of the newer experimental treatments that seem to be yielding some good results. http://time.com/4618566/brain-cancer-treatment-immunotherapy/
If this opens up Arizona to a Dem Senator, its a good thing. This old war monger has thoroughly destroyed the right to goodwill he may have earned as a POW.
And he should never have been flying in the first place, his 'graduation' from military college and subsequent 'success' in becoming a pilot was because McCain's father and grandfather were admirals in the United States Navy.
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