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John McCain's Brain Tumor Explains His Bizarre Testimony
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21 Jul 2017 03:48 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Sen. John McCain (Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Sen. John McCain's recovery from brain surgery on Friday may take longer than expected. He has been diagnosed with brain cancer at 80 years old, his doctors announced on Wednesday.

McCain underwent a minor procedure last week to remove a blood clot from his left eye. It was later revealed that it was associated with a brain tumor called glioblastoma. Patients typically survive 14 months with treatment. The brain tumor is known to be aggressive.

Glioblastoma spreads quickly in the brain since it's connected to a large network of blood vessels in the brain, according to the Daily News. The cause of this cancer is unknown but stems from the gluey supportive tissue of the brain.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, told CNN that McCain is recovering "amazingly well" from his surgery.

"The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team," they said, adding that "treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation."

McCain was previously diagnosed with melanoma in 2000. He's received regular cancer screenings ever since. But, "there is no clear link between melanoma and glioblastoma," according to Andrew S. Chi, M.D. head of neuro-oncology at NYU Langone's Perlmutter Cancer Center. The Republican Senator, who serves as chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is known for his previous status as Vietnam prisoner-of-war. His surgery promoted the Senate to delay action on the GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act.

A former adviser for Donald Trump, Roger Stone, revealed in an interview with KTAR that McCain has mental health problems. Stone's remarks were related to a series of comments he made in an interview on Reality Check with Darin Damme on KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday night.

“Unfortunately, I must conclude, the man is mentally ill," Stone said. "He's quite unbalanced, he’s driven by a combination of bitterness and jealousy. His actions in taking a dossier that he knew to be false, giving it to the FBI in an attempt to smear the President of the United States is beyond contempt. He's a nutcase."

Stone continued to slam McCain. He called him ignorant and claimed that McCain came upon Stone to come before the Senate and explain his connections with the Russians and former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych.

"Hey senator dummy, this is simple," Stone said. "I have no connection whatsoever to the Russians, I've never been to Russia, I have no Russian clients. I have no connections whatsoever to former President Yanukovych, who I wouldn’t know if he walked up and punched me."

McCain's cancer diagnosis comes just weeks after his confusing comments during former FBI director James Comey's testimony at the Senate Intelligence Hearing. The surgical attention revealed that the physicians assumed this was a serious matter. But, McCain's daughter, Meghan, believes that her father is a fighter. In a statement released on Wednesday, she had hope that he will pull through this.

"It is an experience familiar to us, given my father's previous battle with cancer," she said. "It won't surprise you to learn that in all this, the one of us who is most confident and calm is my father. He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him. The aggressions of political life could not bend him. So, he is meeting this challenge as he has every other. Cancer may afflict him in many ways, but it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has."

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