Politics & Policy

John McCain to Discontinue Cancer Treatment

Sen. John McCain (R, Ariz.) speaks after being awarded the 2017 Liberty Medal by former Vice President Joe Biden (unseen) at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Penn., October 16, 2017. (Charles Mostoller/Reuters)

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who was diagnosed with stage-four brain cancer last year, has elected to discontinue treatment, his family announced in a statement released on Friday:

McCain has been undergoing treatment since July 2017 and left Washington in December to return home to his family ranch in Arizona.

Despite his absence from the capital, McCain has continued to speak out on the issues of the day, most recently criticizing President Trump’s conciliatory joint press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. He has also finalized a number of legacy projects in recent months, releasing a memoir entitled The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations written by his longtime speechwriter Mark Salter, and appearing in an HBO biopic released in May.

McCain, whose father and grandfather both rose to the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy, followed in their footsteps, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. While serving as a naval aviator in the Vietnam War, McCain was shot down over Hanoi and spent five years as a prisoner of war, refusing an early release ahead of his compatriots, and enduring extensive physical torture.

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