The family of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has announced that he will end treatment for brain cancer. From The Washington Examiner:

“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. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict,” the McCain family said.

“With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” the family added. “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.”

In July 2017, doctors diagnosed McCain “with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.” This type of tumor is aggressive and “forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord.”

He returned to Arizona in December and has been there since to receive to treatment and radiation.

McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958. He took part in his twenty-third mission in the Vietnam War on October 26, 1967, but it went wrong and McCain became a prisoner of war at the notorious Hanoi Hilton in Hanoi, Vietnam. Subjected to torture, isolation, and little to no food or medical care, McCain was released in 1973.

As a Republican, McCain won the House seat for Arizona’s 1st District in 1982 and served for two terms.

McCain became an Arizona senator in 1986, winning the seat after Barry Goldwater retired. McCain ran for president in 2000, but didn’t make the cut. He won the Republican nomination in 2008, but lost to President Barack Obama.

McCain spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper last year:

May God be with McCain and his family during this tough time.