Lab results from a surgery on Friday confirmed the presence of glioblastoma associated with the blood clot
Post-surgical brain scans show the tissue causing concern has been completely removed
(CNN)Sen. John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator's care told CNN exclusively. The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot.
A pathologist was in the operating room during the procedure, a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision, said his doctor, who added that the surgery lasted about three to four hours. Post-surgical brain scans show the tissue causing concern has been completely removed.
McCain is recovering "amazingly well," according to a statement from his office.
The senator showed no neurological problems before or after the operation, said his doctors. Though not identified by name, at McCain's request, his doctors were given permission to speak with Gupta, who is also a practicing neurosurgeon.
McCain is now recovering at his Arizona home. He and his family are considering treatment options, which will likely include radiation and chemotherapy, his doctors said.
"The news of my father's illness has affected every one of us in the McCain Family,"tweeted Meghan McCainon Wednesday. "It won't surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father."
Doctors discovered the clot during a routine physical exam last week. They said he is very diligent about coming in for scheduled exams and is seen every four months for skin checks due to his history of skin cancer.
He arrived at his early morning appointment, Friday before 8 a.m. and as per usual, looked good, according to a doctor who has been involved in his care for nearly a decade. McCain, described as not being a complainer, did report feeling fatigued, which he attributed to a rigorous travel schedule.
He also told his doctor he had, at times, felt foggy and not as sharp as he typically is. In addition, he reported having intermittent double vision. These symptoms and doctor intuition prompted a CT scan.
When the results came back, McCain, who had already left the clinic, was asked to return for an MRI. Before the operation, his neurological exam was normal, according to his doctor.
The operation began in the late afternoon and the senator was recovering in the ICU by evening. His doctors told Gupta they were amazed at how sharp McCain was when he awoke. He knew what year it was and started cracking jokes. He also made it clear that he wanted to leave the hospital and get back to work, his doctors said.
Showing no signs of cognitive delays, McCain was discharged Saturday and has been recovering at his home since then.
His doctors would not reveal details but said his post operative care is standard.
His doctor said McCain was oriented, with good balance and no headaches or seizures.
The clot was over the senator's left eye, not far from the left temple where he was diagnosed with melanoma in 2000. Previously, McCain had three other malignant melanomas removed in 1993, 2000 and 2002. None of these melanomas were invasive. All were declared Stage 0.
However, McCain has been regularly screened by his doctors since 2000.
Gupta was one of a select group of reporters who reviewed McCain's medical records in 2008 when he was campaigning for president.
The surgical procedure McCain underwent is "a significant operation," said Gupta, explaining that a bone underneath the eyebrow had to be removed to do the procedure and then later put back.
"It's a very aggressive tumor," said Gupta. He explained that average survival for malignant glioblastoma tends to be around 14 months with treatment. In McCain's case, additional therapy, including radiation, could not begin until the incision heals, which would be in the next three or four weeks.
Still, one2009 studyreported that almost 10% of patients with glioblastoma may live five years or longer, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.
"This is the same tumor that Ted Kennedy had," said Gupta.
McCain's diagnosis is the latest chapter in a storied life. Tortured as a Vietnam prisoner-of-war, the maverick politician fell short of the pinnacle of politics with two failed presidential runs. His absence from Washington in recent days has come at a politically inopportune time for a bill repealing and replacing Obamacare. This week, McCain broke ranks and called for discussions with Democrats and a full committee process to finally provide "Americans with access to quality and affordable health care."
Debra Goldschmidt and Dan Berman contributed to this story.
Just Stop It: John McCain is Not a “Great Man” or a “War Hero”
Posted on July 20, 2017
by Scott Creighton
News broke yesterday that Sen. John McCain is being treated for brain cancer. As a human being I feel for those close to McCain who are troubled by his illness. But I have no sympathy for John himself.
CNN, Rachel MadCOW, MSNBC, Fox “News”… they are all beside themselves today somberly singing the praises of the senator from Arizona, saying he’s a “great man” and a “war hero”
Noting could be further from the truth.
John McCain is constantly referred to as a “fighter pilot war hero” because on Oct. 26th of 1967, he was flying a bombing run in his A-4 Skyhawk targeting civilian infrastructure (power plant) and got shot down. The A-4 is not a fighter jet. It’s designed purpose is that of a light bomber. Made for quick bombing runs on lightly guarded targets, the A-4 was used to drop things like napalm, white phosphorus and cluster bombs on civilian targets. He got shot down and landed in a lake where the same civilians who he was just bombing, saved his life. They decided against beating him to death and turned him over to police who gave him to the military.
It is said that John McCain remained a POW for 5 years and never broke, never betrayed his country. In fact, I have heard some go so far as to say his melanoma comes from that time as a POW.
Truth is, John broke quickly and denounced his country and even gave the Vietnamese important intel about flight patterns of his fellow fliers.
“I’ve never been tortured. I have no idea what I’d do. Of course, I’d like to think that I could resist or at least commit suicide before giving up information. Odds are, however, that I’d crack. Most people do. And so did McCain. “I am a black criminal and I have performed the deeds of an air pirate,” McCain wrote in his confession. “I almost died and the Vietnamese people saved my life, thanks to the doctors.” Ted Rall
“McCain had a unique POW experience. Initially, he was taken to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp, where he was interrogated. By McCain’s own account, after three or four days, he cracked. He promised his Vietnamese captors, “I’ll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital.”
His Vietnamese capturers soon realized their POW, John Sidney McCain III, came from a well-bred line of American military elites. McCain’s father, John Jr., and grandfather, John Sr., were both full Admirals. A destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, is named after both of them.” DOUGLAS VALENTINE from CounterPunch
“Hero” McCain’s betrayal went well beyond giving into torture while he was injured (which ANYONE would do by the way). Apparently he became something like a Tokyo Rose:
“Not content with divulging military information, McCain provided his voice in radio broadcasts used by the North Vietnamese to demoralize American soldiers.
Vietnamese radio propagandists made good use out of McCain. On June 4, 1969, a U.S. wire service headlined a story entitled “PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral.” (7)
The story reported that McCain collaborated in psywar offensives aimed at American servicemen. “The broadcast was beamed to American servicemen in South Vietnam as a part of a propaganda series attempting to counter charges by U.S. Defense Secretary Melvin Laird that American prisoners are being mistreated in North Vietnam.”
On one occasion, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the top Vietnamese commander and a nationalist celebrity of the time, personally interviewed McCain. His compliance during this command performance was a moment of affirmation for the Vietnamese. His Vietnamese handlers thereafter used him regularly as prop at meetings with foreign delegations.
In the custody of enemy psywar specialists, McCain became what he is today: a professional psywar stooge. DOUGLAS VALENTINE from CounterPunch
They kept him for 5 years because his father was in charge of Naval operations during the Vietnam war and because he was weak and a sycophant to power. In 2000, when he was running against “W” and the Cheney neocon Zionists who had plans for a “New Pearl Harbor type event”, Bush and his team smeared McCain’s family in an effort to gain the upper hand in the primary. In the end, John got on his knees again and backed “W” and Dick for the presidency much like Spineless Bernie Sanders did with Killary in 2016 after she stole the nomination from him.
This is a pattern that is repeated in his life over and over again.
While John was singing like a song-bird in Vietnam, hoping his father wouldn’t hear the recordings being played by the enemy to demoralize U.S. soldiers, his wife was dutifully waiting back home, raising his three children in his absence.
When he got back he discovered she was in a car accident, she lost 5 inches of her height, gained a couple pounds and didn’t look much like the swimwear model that he married, so the “great man” John McCain started cheating on her with his sugar moma and he later dumped her like one discards a broken ashtray. and Rachel Maddow was singing his praises last night?
“And he also showed incredible callousness to his first wife. She had stood by him throughout the time he was in Vietnam, but then she was in a terrible car accident that cost her five inches of her height and also led her to put on weight. And, while still together with her, he began pursuing Cindy, the heiress whose family would finance his political campaigns.
McCain’s team later tried to say that he was already separated from Carol when he began chasing Cindy. That’s not what everyone told me, and the L.A. Times account cites court documents indicating that that isn’t true.” New York Times
His first wife is better human being than he deserves:
‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens…it just does.’
Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.” Huffington Post
In short, he was a scumbag who married a woman for her looks and when they were gone, he went out and got himself a new one.
He’s a piece of shit in other words… but Rachel Maddow just loves and respects him to death. Go figure.
John’s new wife Cindy started backing his political ambitions right off the bat. She had plans for him. He was the son of an admiral, a “war hero” and former POW… so how could he lose?
Of course, few people remember what “war hero and former POW” John “Straight Talk Express” McCain did to other POWS in the early 90s.
“John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.” American Conservative, 2010
McCain torpedoed several bills designed to bring to light information about POWs still living in Korea Vietnam. From 90 to 95 he axed to pieces of legislation that many former POWs backed.
Some say it was because he didn’t want records on his own captivity to be unearthed. Others believe it had more to do with business deals he cut with Vietnam, fearing renewed anger toward the Vietnamese government could cause problems and even sanctions.
And then there is this:
“The Vietnamese love McCain because, as they said, he was the strongest advocate in normalizing trade with them in the late ’80s and early ’90s. McCain just had to silence that little MIA/POW problem to do it. Well, as it turns out, his wife’s fortune at the time stood to gain from that deal since her company went into Vietnam and set up breweries there. They made millions off that and she apparently did the same off “put options” just prior to 9/11. This is why Cindy refused to release her tax information previously. Oh, BTW, her company also has contracts supplying the troops with bottled water and other supplies… in Iraq. No wonder he wants them to stay. Did I mention John’s son works for the same company? So his entire family fortune is heavily tied to the Iraq war.” Scott Creighton, 2008
Whatever the reason, many believe U.S. soldiers were still alive and still in captivity in those countries back then… and John McCain squashed all efforts to bring them home.
McCain represents the worst of what complicit congress-critters have become in this country. He is a pure neoliberal, far-right fascist. He hates the poor, the sick, the disabled… but loves Big Business and the Military Industrial Complex.
Kinda reminds you of what he did to his first wife, right? A little glimpse into his character perhaps?
John McCain has never met a terrorist he didn’t like and try to do business with. Might explain his affinity for Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton and Lindsey Graham.
Here’s John hanging out with a neo-Nazi in Ukraine as we were regime changing that country.
Ten pictures that show Ukraine's protests are filled with toxic Neo-Nazi groups
Here’s that neo-Nazi giving a salute at one of his rallies. He’s actually a neo-Nazi. Not one just in spirit like John McCain is.. but a real one in fact.
Here’s a more convenient one.
Back when the war-criminals we installed in Ukraine were caught using cluster-bombs on civilian targets John said it was ok and maybe even our fault because if Obama had sent them other bombs, they could have used those on women and children instead. He really did say that.
In Syria, John the “hero” took a meeting with some rather unpopular people at the time. His deal was to go there and motivate them to keep fighting for our regime change operation in the country. Here’s a little peek at who he met with:
John McCain not only funds terrorists and serves as an apologist for neo-Nazi war-crimes and crimes against humanity.. he also does the same thing for us:
The bombing of the hospital that he was talking about was not an accident. It took place over a prolonged period of time and the doctors repeatedly tried to call the U.S. military to tell them they were being bombed and we did nothing to stop it. It wasn’t “fog of war”… it was specifically a war-crime designed to make the people in the area pay for supporting our opposition.
Back in 2015 John got pissed off because the Russians were bombing the CIA’s terrorist contractors. That was al Qaeda and al Nusra they were hitting and it made the “war hero” mad.
“Their initial strikes were against the individuals and the groups that have been funded and trained by our CIA, in a credible flaunting of any kind of cooperation or effort to conceal what (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s priority is — and that is, of course, to prop up (Syrian President) Bashar Assad. [I] can absolutely confirm to you that they were strikes against our Free Syrian Army, or groups that have been armed and trained by the CIA, because we have communications with people there.” John McCain
Some of those same terrorists we trained killed 3 Green Berets in Jordan back in December. Shot em dead in cold blood at a checkpoint.
News has just broken yesterday (along with that of John’s cancer) that President Trump has decided to stop funding the CIA’s terrorists in Syria. I guess John wont be around to go provide aid and comfort to his al Qaeda and ISIS employees.
Sen. McCain also seems to have a very low opinion of U.S. workers when it comes to Bush’s (and then Obama’s) Comprehensive Immigration Reform (a.k.a. “Cheap Labor for Big Business” bill):
Seems John doesn’t remember what this country did and can produce or what U.S. workers did for the billionaires he sucks up to every Goddamned day of his miserable life:
That’s what we USED to be. And John McCain, “hero”… “great man”… thinks we can’t pick lettuce or put a roof on a house? He’s an idiot or a liar or so out of touch with real Americans he just doesn’t know how insulting he is. How insulting his entire life is.
I don’t think there is anything particularly heroic or great about Sen. John McCain.
He is the worst of us.
Again, my sympathies to those close to McCain who care for him. They don’t deserve grief anymore than any of the families of the victims of the terrorists he hired or the POWs he left behind.
But John himself? I hope he takes this as a message from God that he’s done enough damage to this world and should retire before time runs out.
Could explain the Morons compounded insanity,talking of General Giap McCain isn't fit to lick the Mans boots,when McCain had a SAM up his arse he was trying to bomb a light bulb factory,the NVA pulled him out of a swamp,they should have left the SOB in it.
“… a Christian should be content and not argue with the Jews.” (Talmudists)
“But if you have to or want to talk with them, do not say any more than this: Listen, Jew, are you aware that Jerusalem and your sovereignty, together with your temple and priesthood, have been destroyed for over 1460 years?”
Now it has been 1947 years since the destruction of Jerusalem as of 2017 A. D.
However, Martin Luther left out a few important facts as well as subsequent events:
The Talmudists took over the Roman Church, and as they pretended to be super righteous at the time of Christ, so too they pretend to be super righteous Christians.
Talmudists control the money of almost all Christian nations giving them immense power.
Most Christians worship their Talmud and their Israel theme part in Talmudistan.
Thus, they are not moved one little bit by anyone following Martin Luther’s advice from 1542 A.D.
Talmudists control the world’s most powerful nation which basically adopted the Talmudic Noahide laws in 1991 as the bedrock of civilization.
US foreign policy has been following this code ever since.
7. Eventually, as Chairman Mao was supported by the US to destroy millions of Christians in China, so they plan to do in America where most Christians have lost the savor of Christ and are fit for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. (Matthew 5:13)