John McCain, US Senator from Arizona, 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate, Vietnam War veteran and POW, is now facing perhaps the most dangerous battle of his long and storied life. His enemy is primary glioblastoma, a grave cancerous tumor in his brain that has been diagnosed in him over the weekend while the Senator was in the middle of a blot clot removal surgery last Friday. Test results revealed that the blood clot was brought about by Cancer. His condition, however, was not clarified until this week on Wednesday, when the Senator’s office released an official statement from the Mayo Clinic outlining McCain’s extremely delicate status.

Routine checkup turned serious

The 80-year-old Senator John McCain, according to the Mayo Clinic statement released July 20, was suffering from glioblastoma, a common and highly malignant type of brain tumor that tends to form in the brain tissue and spinal cord. McCain had originally gone to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to have a blood clot above his left eye removed in surgery. However, tests performed during the procedure revealed that his health was in ever direr straits than initially assessed. His surgeons then proceeded to have the tumor removed, and post-surgical scans of McCain’s brain indicate that the excising of the cancerous growth was completely successful.

According to his doctors, the Senator exhibited no additional neurological problems for the duration of the brain surgery operation.

Furthermore, they describe his post-procedural recovery to be “amazingly well,” enough that he was cleared to be brought back to his Arizona home. The McCain family has begun discussion of what choices their patriarch may have to address his newly diagnosed condition. It is without a doubt an uphill battle, however, considering that medical experts described glioblastoma to be so resilient that it always manifests anew despite repeated chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Thankful for support

For John McCain, his life seems spent going from one battlefield to another, defined by the five years he spent prisoner in North Vietnam during the war. He then entered politics and eventually became the Republican nominee for the 2008 Presidential Elections that saw the rise of Barack Obama. More recently, despite being in the same party McCain has been one of the most ardent critics of President Donald Trump’s leadership.

Trump, in turn, has disparaged the Senator from Arizona for many things, including his POW past.

McCain has also struggled with his own body’s health. His blood clot treatment was part of his personal regimen due to a history of skin cancer. Now it seems cancer has begun striking at his brain as well with the glioblastoma. But he remains spirited in fighting to keep on living and has expressed appreciation for the outpouring of well-wishes and support, even from old opponents like Obama.