McCain Praised For Raising Cancer’s Profile

Glioblastoma advocates praise John McCain and his family for raising cancer’s profile

| In addition to his lifetime of public service, McCain moved the needle on glioblastoma awareness

| Anna Almendrala, Huffington Post – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) died Saturday at age 81, one day after his family announced he had decided to discontinue treatment for his brain cancer.

McCain will most likely be remembered for his lifetime of service to the U.S., first as a naval aviator who was captured and tortured during the Vietnam War, and then as a politician who represented Arizona for two terms in the House of Representatives and was elected six times to the U.S. Senate.

But medical experts and health advocates say they are also grateful for what McCain has done to raise the profile of glioblastomas ― extremely rare, cancerous brain tumors that fewer than 13,000 Americans will be diagnosed with every year.

The senator’s family is also receiving praise for highlighting the challenges that relatives and other caregivers face when a loved one has this type of tumor.

McCain was diagnosed with a glioblastoma on July 14, 2017, after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

He underwent a combined course of radiation and chemotherapy later that year, which is the standard treatment for this aggressive form of cancer.

While undergoing a grueling cancer treatment, McCain endured complications like a pneumonia infection last December and intestinal surgery to treat diverticulitis in April this year.

Yet he remained in office, even traveling to Washington to defeat efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Research has shown that health insurance coverage, as well as the quality of insurance coverage, is linked to cancer survival rates.

McCain also spoke candidly about what it was like to be diagnosed and treated for the disease in a televised interview with “60 Minutes” last September … Read more at Huffington Post. Image: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0

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