U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is dying, and his future remains uncertain.
McCain, a former presidential candidate, is 81-years-old and just went through his first round of cancer treatment. Immediately afterward, he checked into Maryland’s Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after experiencing side effects from his cancer treatment, which are considered normal according to CBS News.
CBS notes that McCain’s treatment for glioblastoma (an aggressive form of brain cancer) is having a negative effect on his health. However, his office released a statement, noting: “Senator McCain is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy. As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes. Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible.”
McCain’s diagnosis happened in July after having a craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his eye. As McCain told viewers on “60 minutes” in September: “hey said that the prognosis is very, very serious. Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. You know, it’s — it’s a very poor prognosis. So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.’ And at the same time celebrate with gratitude a life well lived.”
Watch (below) as former Vice President Joe Biden comforted a crying Meghan McCain. Biden said, “There’s a lot of things happening. There’s breakthroughs occurring now. It could happen.”
Biden also recently lost his son to glioblastoma:
Former Vice President Joe Biden comforted the daughter of Senator John McCain after she began crying while discussing her father's battle with brain cancer.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 14, 2017
Now, it’s becoming clear that two senators with serious health problems – John McCain of Arizona and Thad Cochran of Mississippi – will play critical roles in the Senate voting on the massive tax legislation currently underway. Party leaders are counting on both senators to be able to cast votes as early as Monday afternoon.
McCain has voiced his support for President Trump’s tax reform plan.
This is a breaking news story. We will have more details as they become available.