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John McCain shared how he found out he had cancer in ‘Restless Wave’

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John McCain
Sen.
John McCain (R-AZ) speaks during a press conference about his
resistance to the so-called “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable
Care Act on July 27, 2017, with a scar from surgery above his
eyebrow.

REUTERS/Aaron P.
Bernstein


  • In his new memoir, Arizona senator and former
    Republican presidential nominee John McCain revealed the
    heartbreaking details of how he found out he had brain
    cancer.
  • His fight with brain cancer has kept him home in
    Arizona and away from Congress for much of the last
    year.
  • McCain
    died on Saturday, one day after
    his family announced he would be discontinuing his cancer
    treatment.

In his last memoir, Arizona senator and former Republican
presidential nominee John McCain revealed the heartbreaking
details of how he found out he had brain cancer.

In seventh McCain’s book, titled
“The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and
Other Appreciations,”
 he writes that he was scheduled
for a regular physical on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Mayo
Clinic in Scottsdale.

After completing his physical, McCain was heading out of town for
the weekend when his physician told him to turn around and come
back to the Mayo Clinic. The brain scan that McCain had undergone
during his physical had discovered something.

He underwent surgery several hours later. Like McCain, the
neurosurgeon who performed the procedure was also on his way out
of town before being called back. The five-hour procedure was a
minimally invasive craniotomy with eyebrow incision.

“They cut a hole in my skull along my left eyebrow to look at my
brain’s left frontal lobe and see what the trouble was,” he
wrote. It was a two-inch blood clot that they found and removed.

McCain was back on his feet quickly, as he went home the next day
after the surgery and responded well cognitively to questions the
physicians asked him.

But a few days later, it was revealed that the blood clot was a
primary brain tumor. McCain never heard of the medical term
before and did not fully understand the diagnosis, but he knew it
was serious when someone brought up the late Sen. Ted Kennedy of
Massachusetts.

“I knew it was serious from the sober demeanor of the medical
professionals in the room, and when someone, I don’t remember
who, mentioned that it was the same cancer that Ted had, I got
the picture,” McCain wrote.

While the procedure successfully removed the tumor, McCain was
told that the form of brain cancer could spread across his body.

Despite recovering well from the procedure and being in good
physical condition, McCain’s physicians did not think that he
should travel to Washington for the debate and vote over health
care before undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

But in McCain-esque fashion, he was able to convince his
physicians to allow him to fly back to Washington and famously
vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

He died
surrounded by family
on Saturday.

“I hope those who mourn my passing, and those who don’t,
will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect
service to a country made of ideals, whose continued success is
the hope of the world,” McCain wrote in his book.

“And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and
lives as lucky as mine.”

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