- McCain’s daughter Meghan and wife Cindy posted a statement on Twitter Friday
- The 81-year-old was diagnosed with aggressive glioblastoma last summer
- The family stated McCain has ‘surpassed expectations for survival,’ but the ‘progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict’
- McCain been fighting the brain cancer with radiation and chemotherapy treatment for the past 10 months while still performing his senatorial duties
- The average life expectancy post glioblastoma diagnosis is 12 to 14 months
- He’s been at home in Arizona since December of 2017 and remains chairman of Senate Armed Services
- It’s too late for a special election to be held this year to fill his seat; the state’s governor has the authority to appoint someone if there’s a vacancy
- Trump and McCain have been political enemies since the president said the former POW is not a ‘war hero’ and the White House is declining to comment
Senator John McCain is discontinuing treatment for his aggressive terminal brain cancer, his family revealed Friday morning.
The 81-year-old’s daughter Meghan McCain posted a statement on Twitter revealing her father’s decision to stop treatment for the glioblastoma he has been fighting for a year.
The full statement, which McCain’s office also distributed, said: ‘Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious.
‘In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.
‘Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.’