John McCain was at the center of politics in 2008, when he ran as the Republican presidential candidate against Obama. And with Trump’s many controversial policies, the spotlight comes back to McCain’s opposition from time to time. Since July, however, reporters have been focusing on McCain for a different reason: his cancer diagnosis.
He doesn’t talk about it much, but his rare and deadly form of brain cancer is leaving many wondering how much longer he has to live (page 5). Here are the details regarding his prognosis.
1. McCain has glioblastoma, a very rare cancer
McCain publicly announced his diagnosis in July 2017, and his hospitalization in December caused quite a stir amongst the media, AARP notes. The senator has glioblastoma, which is a particularly aggressive form of cancer that makes up about 15% of all brain tumors.
While other cancers will spread, glioblastoma doesn’t. It instead stays in the brain and deteriorates it, which can cause personality changes, seizures, and diminished mental capacity. Shockingly enough, this type of cancer is also on the rise and is more common in men over age 50.
Next: McCain isn’t giving up the fight just yet.