US senator John McCain speaks of ‘fatal’ cancer prognosis

McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor which was later revealed to be a form of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of tumor that grows quickly. This is the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate colleague, Edward M Kennedy in 2009.

Senator John McCain said that he led a “great life”. Photo: AFP Photo/Tasos Katopodis

McCain told CBS’s 60 Minutes in an interview broadcast Sunday night that he thinks about Kennedy a lot. He said Kennedy has continued to work despite the diagnosis and “never gave up, because he loved the commitment”.

The doctors initially downplayed the seriousness of the situation until McCain says, “give it to me straight”. This is when he found exactly what he was facing.“They said that the prognosis is very, very serious. Some say 3%, some say 14%. You know, it is — it is a very poor prognosis,’ McCain said.

McCain said that he has “feelings, sometimes the fear of what happens”, but the counters, with gratitude, for having lived “a beautiful life”.

US Senator John McCain leaves a meeting where a new version of a GOP healthcare bill was unveiled to Republican senators in Washington, DC on July 13, 2017. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

The republican senator, who has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump, returned to Washington, just 11 days after brain surgery for a vote on the health care bill. When he walked on the Senate floor, McCain received a standing ovation, which, he said left him “deeply moved,” reports CNN.

“And then, of course, you know, all come on and give me a hug. It was an emotional moment, I had never seen anything like it.”

Exclamations and applause from the floor of the Senate that McCain votes no on “skinny” Obamacare repeal. https://t.co/c8WxE0BwjS pic.twitter.com/wWPbBQNGiE— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 28, 2017

McCain has received criticism from President Donald Trump, after the vote against the final Obamacare replacement bill.

John McCain has never had the slightest intention of voting in favour of this Bill, that the Governor likes. He campaigned on Repeal And Replace it. Let Arizona!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017

In the statement released earlier this week, McCain said he could not support the bill “without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt”.

“I believe that we could do better work together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried, ” he said.