McCain Reveals 'Very Poor' Prognosis

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 11:50 AM
McCain Reveals 'Very Poor' Prognosis

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) revealed that his doctors have given him a "very poor prognosis" about his brain cancer. McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July. Glioblastoma is a very aggressive form of brain tumor. About a week after his diagnosis, he returned to Washington to vote on pieces of legislation. He also continued to work while receiving treatment.

McCain told "60 Minutes" that he was inspired by former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who also fought brain cancer. Kennedy continued to work throughout his illness before passing away in 2009. 

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.

McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate colleague Edward M. Kennedy in 2009. McCain tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night that he thinks about Kennedy a lot. He says Kennedy continued to work despite the diagnosis and “never gave up because he loved the engagement.”

The typical prognosis for a person diagnosed with glioblastoma is about 12 to 15 months after diagnosis. A very small percentage of people diagnosed survive for more than five years after the cancer is discovered. 

Our best wishes to Sen. McCain during this incredibly difficult time.