‘I’ll be back’: Cancer-stricken John McCain tells his closest friend in the Senate that he won’t give up as politics prays for war hero after devastating diagnosis

Thursday, July 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

John McCain announced he’d been diagnosed with cancer on Wednesday night
The 80-year-old Arizona Senator is recovering in Arizona with his family
He had gone in to hospital to have a blood clot removed from his eye last week
The procedure set back the Senate vote on the Republicans’ now scrapped healthcare bill
Doctors realized his condition was more serious after the procedure last week
President Trump shared his well wishes for the 80-year-old after news of his severe diagnosis emerged
Some questioned whether the brain tumor was behind his confused questioning of ousted FBI director James Comey in June

20 July 2017

enator John McCain is vowing to return to Washington once he’s been treated for brain cancer.

‘Yeah, I’m going to have to stay here a little bit longer, take some treatments. I’ll be back,’ the 80-year-old Republican senator told South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, his close friend. ‘I’ve been through worse.’

Graham shared the conversation with reporters on Wednesday evening, adding, ‘So pray. God knows how this ends, not me. But I do know this: This disease has never had a more worthy opponent.’

McCain underwent surgery last week for what was thought to be a blood clot above his eye.

The Senate eagerly awaited his return and postponed a vote on the GOP healthcare bill while McCain rested up.

On Wednesday, McCain’s family revealed that after the surgery, doctors discovered cancerous tissue in his brain.

‘The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation,’ a statement said.

McCain, the GOP’s nominee for president in 2008, has received an outpouring of support from the president, vice president, his colleagues in the Senate and politicians on both sides of the aisle.

President Trump, who joked earlier in the week about McCain’s ‘crusty’ demeanor when the senator’s condition seemed less severe, sent out a statement encouraging the Republican lawmaker to get better.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a message that ‘all of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, are behind him. The prayers of the whole House are with Senator McCain and his family.’

McCain, a Vietnam veteran who was held captive as a prisoner of war, has endured previous battles with cancer.

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