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John McCain to Stop Cancer Treatment

Family announced the Arizona senator’s decision on Friday

 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is ending his cancer treatment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is ending his cancer treatment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. John McCain has decided to stop his brain cancer treatment, his family announced Friday morning.

“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival,” the family said. “But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”

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McCain, an Arizona Republican and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been absent from the Senate since last December, while undergoing treatment in his home state.

“Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all,” the McCain family said.

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Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona was among the first to respond to the latest update on the senator.

John McCain is an American hero, always putting country before self. From Vietnam to the halls of the U.S. Senate, the spirit of service and civility that has guided Senator McCain’s life stands as a model for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation,” Ducey said in a statement. “Angela and I had the great privilege of visiting with Senator McCain and Cindy in May. Then and now, our prayers and our hearts are with them and their entire family.”

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