U.S. Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

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U.S. Senator John McCain, who is recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot near his eye, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. His doctors are reviewing treatment options. (more)

McCain, a Republican from Arizona, underwent a procedure last week to remove a 5-centimeter (1.9-inch) blood clot from above his left eye. Tissue pathology has since revealed that a primary brain tumor was associated with the blood clot.

“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team,” the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said in a written statement. “Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”

The hospital identified the tumor as glioblastoma, which is an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The hospital added that the 80-year-old senator is recovering “amazingly well” from last week’s surgery, which successfully removed the tissue of concern. His underlying health is otherwise “excellent,” according to the hospital.

McCain was initially expected to return to Washington, D.C. next week, but his office said in Wednesday’s statement that the senator will now consult with his doctors to determine when he will be able to return to work.

“[McCain] 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,” U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. “The entire Senate family’s prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well.”

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