Phoenix, Arizona – Cindy McCain has posted a heart-breaking statement that suggests American hero Sen. John McCain is at the end of his journey – after battling one of the deadliest cancers known to man.
“I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey,” she said in a tweet accompanying a statement that her husband has decided to abandon treatment for Glioblastoma Multiforme – a deadly cancer that kills most of its victims within months.
Meghan McCain also thanked the thousands who have sent sympathies and love to the McCains.
“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,” she said.
In a joint statement, his family said: “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. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance ot‘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.”
McCain is respected on both sides of the senate, having served in Vietnam and then captured and tortured for five years.
Glioblastoma is a primary brain cancer that is deadly. Hardly anyone survives for five years and the prognosis for people of advanced age is even poorer. Little is understood about why it occurs.
Surgery at first detection is the primary objective if the tumour is an operable area of the brain. This is followed by radiation and chemotherapy.
However, most of the time the cancer reappears within a year or so. At that point doctors have few options.
McCain is believed to be at his family home in Arizona.