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August 25, 2018

John McCain chooses to discontinue treatment for brain cancer

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It has been revealed that Senator John McCain will no longer seek medical attention for the stage-four brain cancer that he was diagnosed with.

The 81-year-old politician was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very rare and aggressive brain cancer, in July 2017, and now it seems like he no longer finds treatment a viable option to fight the disease.

The announcement was made by the senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, on Friday through her Twitter account, which she also used to thank everyone for their support.

According to the 33-year-old, McCain was the one who chose to discontinue his medical treatment and that he will continue to face the disease with his 'usual strength of will.'

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"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 the strength to carry on."

Meghan McCain, Twitter, August 24, 2018

Last summer, the senator learned of the grim diagnosis after undergoing a surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye and has been treated for cancer ever since.

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Before the glioblastoma, McCain survived three bouts of melanoma, which is an aggressive skin cancer that can spread to the brain and cause bleeding.

In December 2017, the 81-year-old had to be hospitalized due to side effects related to his cancer therapy. A few months later, in April, he was submitted to surgery at the Mayo Clinic, in Arizona, to treat an intestinal infection.

Despite his debilitating condition, McCain didn't immediately stop working and, although he still serves as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, he has been spending time with family and friends at his Arizona ranch.

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