Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has chosen to stop receiving medical treatment for brain cancer, according to a statement put out by the McCain family Friday morning.
“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival,” the family said in a press release. “But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. 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,” the statement concluded.
McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, expressed her gratitude to those who’ve supported her family over the past year as they struggled with her father’s disease.
My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you - you've given us strength to carry on. pic.twitter.com/KuAQSASoa7— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 24, 2018
The McCain family announced the Arizona senator’s diagnosis with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain tumor, last year after the Republican lawmaker underwent surgery to remove a blood clot.