(NY TIMES) Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for his independent streak over more than three decades in the Senate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office disclosed Wednesday evening in a statement from the Mayo Clinic.
The statement said the medical condition was discovered after Mr. McCain, 80, a Republican from Arizona who was just re-elected to a sixth term in November, underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye at the Mayo hospital in Phoenix.
“Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” said the statement. “The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.”
Mr. McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a leading proponent of using aggressive military force overseas, most notably calling for the downfall of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad since 2011.