With an update like this, is Sen. McCain fit to do his job as a United States senator? Or should he be recalled due to his condition?
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) provided some insight into his fight with brain cancer in an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, revealing that his prognosis is “very poor.”
McCain told correspondent Leslie Stahl that he was on his way to his cabin in Sedona, AZ when he was informed by his doctor that he needed to head back immediately for surgery after it was discovered that he had a blood clot above his left eye. The blood clot turned out to be due to an aggressive form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, which has a grim prognosis.
“Some say 3%, some say 14%,” said McCain. “You know, it’s a very poor prognosis. So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re gonna do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.'”
Despite the seriousness of the diagnosis, McCain has fought through it and does his work in the Senate every day, in addition to the radiation and chemotherapy he undergoes every morning. McCain described himself as “more energetic and more engaged.”
“I know that I’ve got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can,” McCain said.
McCain told Stahl that he has constantly thought about the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who passed away from glioblastoma.
“Ted stayed at his job, kept working, kept going even when he was in a wheelchair, and he never gave up because he loved the engagement,” said McCain.
Toward the end of the interview, McCain said that any worries about losing the fight with brain cancer are quelled by telling himself, “Wait a minute. You’ve been around a long time, old man. You’ve had a great life. You’ve had a great experience.”
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