Sen. John McCain to discontinue brain cancer treatment, family says




  • In Politics
  • 2018-08-24 16:15:17Z
  • By BENJAMIN SIEGEL
 

Sen. John McCain to discontinue brain cancer treatment, family says originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

Sen. John McCain, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last year, has decided to discontinue treatment, his family said in a statement Friday.

Last summer McCain said he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, "and the prognosis was serious," his family said in a statement.

(MORE: Sen. John McCain showing 'maverick' spirit even as he battles brain cancer)

"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," the McCain family said. "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."

(MORE: McCain reveals this is last term in new memoir, criticizes Trump)

McCain's wife, Cindy, and daughter, Meghan, thanked the teams who took care of him and members of the public who have supported their family.

Congressional leaders, members of Congress and lawmakers who worked closely with McCain also posted messages of support on social media.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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