Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is no longer receiving treatment for brain cancer, his family said in a statement on Friday morning.
His family wrote:
Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for survival. But the progress of the disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual sense 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.
McCain, 81, was diagnosed in 2017 with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and has survived longer than his doctors had initially predicted. The Republican Senator’s family and others close to him “say his death is imminent,” the New York Times reported on Friday. McCain’s 82nd birthday is Wednesday, August 29.
McCain’s wife, Cindy, tweeted: “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”
His daughter Meghan also posted a message on Twitter. “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.”
Glioblastoma also took the life of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau, who was serving as Delaware’s Attorney General, in 2015.