U.S. Sen. John McCain revealed Wednesday evening that he has a brain tumor.
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.” Matthew 8:5-7 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Politics aside, John McCain needs our prayers tonight as he received devastating news that he has a rare and incurable brain tumor. As Christians we know that we serve a God that heals and works miracles. I don’t know if Sen. McCain is a saved man or not, so prayers for his salvation should be offered as well.
The announcement follows a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday, where a pathology report revealed the glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.
Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. A statement from John McCain said that the senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery, but it is unclear when the 80-year-old Republican would return to the Senate.
“Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate,” the statement read.
Because glioblastomas can grow rapidly, the most common symptoms are usually caused by increased pressure in the brain. These symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.
Depending on the location of the tumor, patients can develop a variety of other symptoms such as weakness on one side of the body, memory and/or speech difficulties, and visual changes, according to the American Brain Tumor Association website.
Glioblastoma can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells, the association says. This type of cancer cannot be cured.
The Mayo Clinic said this type of cancer is rare with less than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year.
The senator and chairman of the Armed Services Committee had been recovering at his Arizona home. His absence had forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to delay action on health care legislation.
In a statement, McConnell said: “John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life. The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well.”
Doctors say McCain is recovering from his surgery amazingly well and his underlying health is excellent, according to the statement.
John McCain was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008, when he and running mate Sarah Palin lost to Barack Obama. A Navy pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner for 5 ½ years.
The senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, tweeted about how the news of her father’s cancer shocked the family.
“It won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. 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,” she wrote. source