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Senator McCain has Chosen to End Treatment for Brain Cancer

Senator McCain has Chosen to End Treatment for Brain Cancer

“But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict.”

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.


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legacyrepublican | August 24, 2018 at 1:15 pm

This is not a dig at McCain per se, but how ugly is it that the MSM treat him nicely even though he made errors while trashing Reagan for having Alzheimer’s.

    casualobserver in reply to legacyrepublican. | August 24, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I’m not even being a cynic when I say that in my opinion McCain was relieved from being attacked ONLY when he was clearly going to lose an election and shortly after that. He once again got all kinds of negative press whenever he spoke out against Obama. Then the media fell in love once he started criticizing Trump.

    It is purely political for the media.

    It gets better. Cannabis has a good record for treating aggressive glioblastoma in children.

    McCain doesn’t like cannabis.

    For the sake of the Republic: good riddance.

bless his heart…

God Bless

buckeyeminuteman | August 24, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Farewell to a fine American. Fair winds and following seas. Now please, finally, step down and let the Arizona governor appoint someone to fill your seat so Republicans can have the 51 Senators that people voted for.

    Tom Servo in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | August 24, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Get ready to say Hello to Senator Cindy!!!

    He is not a fine American. How do I know that? Because he won’t step down even though his duties of office remain. Meanwhile, Flake is on extended sabbatical in Africa, also shirking his duties.

    The people of Arizona have no Senate representation because of these “fine Americans.”

JusticeDelivered | August 24, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Most of the ways we all eventually check out are unpleasant, cancers more so than most. I hope when he needs pain medication he doesn’t have a bone headed doctor worried about addiction. Death cures all addictions, so there is no reason those who are terminal should be made to suffer.

    My Mom died of lung cancer earlier this year, and at the end when she decided she was ready to die at home, her primary care physician turned out to be a real jerk-off. He was mad that she didn’t want to get biopsied, have surgery, irradiated, pumped full of chemo-poison, go into the hospital, etc. So he wouldn’t prescribe pain medication, trying to pressure her into doing it his way. A local hospice organization was fantastic, they helped us make her comfortable until she died at home with her kids and grand-kids around her.

    McCain’s politics disgusted me quite often, but I hope he finds peace, comfort and dignity in the end.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Paul. | August 24, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Plenty of doctors are motivated by the huge cash flow opportunity of a dying patient.

      Fen in reply to Paul. | August 25, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Same happened to my father’s law partner. He had just witnessed my father die of colon cancer, after all the chemo etc. Spoke after me at the funeral. He had just been diagnosed but didn’t tell anyone. Looking back, it adds a new dimension to his selflessness.

      The hardest part of my father’s death was during chemo. The house had thin walls, and I remember hearing him retch and cough so violently that he began sobbing in frustration. I have a memory of reflexively jamming my fingers in my ears because I couldn’t face remembering him like that. One of those times where your brain alters reality to protect you from a horrible experience.

      Dad graduated last in his class from SMU Law School but made it big, in both the law and Texas politics. So he tried to set up a scholarship for whichever student had the lowest GPA. SMU was not amused and declined, but that gives you an idea what a character he was.

      His partner Steve was opposite. Most my father’s cronies were wicked smart but Steve was the brightest of them. His tragedy was that alcoholism handicapped what should have been the stellar career of a legal genius. My father almost had to fire him from the firm because he was wrongly settling cases to avoid going to trial. Such a waste of talent.

      But Steve went through my father’s chemo with my family, the loyal and caring actions of a best friend. Didn’t tell a soul about his own cancer diagnosis, but having witnessed his best bud live through 6 extra months of chemo hell, sat down with a bottle of bourbon and shotgun and took his own life.

      I can understand the Doctors growing angry or frustrated because their patient won’t fight for life, but sometimes we just know better.

      As for McCain, the legend and the truth of the man are so far apart that I’ll check my impulse to vomit. He can best be summed up by his “Maverick Moderate” persona – he routinely threw conservatives under the bus to get special favor from the media but after selling his soul to them they still turned on him when he ran for President. I can’t fathom how anyone nwhi survived a POW camp would choose that path. And so I wonder what the myth of McCain’s captivity is covering up.

Still hanging onto the Senate seat, apparently.

    iconotastic in reply to tom_swift. | August 24, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Too full of himself to do anything else. After all, he can stab the GOP and President Trump in the back by ensuring the GOP is missing one vote in the Senate.

    I failed to read how he has resigned from the Senate so that the governor of AZ can appoint someone who will actually show up to work.

Needle in the paw. Another tribute to why the US needs term limits to get these malingers out of the peoples’ business.

I have never been a fan of this man, as I believe he served his self interests over serving the people who elected him. I wouldn’t wish any disease on anyone, and would have preferred he be voted out rather than his impending death and suffering through this cancer. I am one who does not really see him as honorable. He has done too many things which point otherwise, and too many questions on his history remain.

I feel that his selfishness comes through with the refusal to resign to be treated for a disease which he wasn’t likely to recover from. Instead, he tried pushing his wife into his seat in Congress, though she is not qualified through anything other than being his second wife. He has left the seat vacant, which at least is better than many actions he took while in office, and his hatred comes through loud and clear. So, yeah, I wouldn’t call his “service” honorable. I also wouldn’t call his poor actions “errors” either. In that he like the fellow leftists and globalists he sided with far too often, he softens the words to make out as if they were mistakes, when despite his efforts, things worked out for the better – against his desires.

Voting for him was the most difficult vote I ever had to cast, and that knowing my vote really wouldn’t have made one bit of difference thanks to NYC and surrounding areas which vote left in the majority of the state.

He loved being the darling “maverick” republican because it got him air time.Yet he was shocked at how the media turned on him when he was running for President. Yet, he quickly resumed his lovefest with the media after being defeated by one of our worse Presidents.

I hope his eternal rest will bring him peace, and that his journey to his final rest is as comfortable as possible, but I certainly won’t miss him, nor honor him.

    Daiwa in reply to oldgoat36. | August 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I was going to comment but you said it much better than I could have.

    Colonel Travis in reply to oldgoat36. | August 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    No, oldgoat36 didn’t step on an irony rake.

    When you vote for someone to do things on your behalf, as we do in this constitutional, democratic, federal, republic, you don’t expect them to vote your interest 100% of the time but you do expect them to do so most of the time. And you certainly don’t expect them to tell you go to hell, which is what McCain has done too much of.

    Politicians work for us. <— see this?

    We aren't their serfs.

Death is the great equilizer, and this man WILL be judged for his deeds in this world, good and bad. I hope others that have a lust for power and control see this as a warning, that death will visit and they have no power to stop it. I can guess he is afraid, not of death but of losing his power.

    casualobserver in reply to Obakemono. | August 24, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    He never had the power you ascribe to him. At most, he had the power to garner enough votes in his district many times. But he was never a “power house” in Congress. He had some influence, but not what you imply.

      Close The Fed in reply to casualobserver. | August 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Casual observer: He was the decisive vote which prevented the repeal of ObamaCare last year. Go watch the video of Schumer waving down the dems to quit cheering McCain for his vote.

        B Buchanan in reply to Close The Fed. | August 24, 2018 at 7:07 pm

        Close the Fed I left the Republican Party because of that vote. I watched Obamacare steal thousands and thousands of dollars from my hardworking nephew when his daughter developed Guillian Barre disease. It cost them $13,000 in yearly deductibles plus the thousands they paid in premiums (I think they ran around $1400 – 1500/mo) for several years. His wife had to return to work just so they could afford their little girl’s medical care. McCain could have kept his campaign promise and voted to end Obamacare but he didn’t. I will not be sorry he’s gone but I wish him no pain or discomfort and a peaceful passage to the next life.

caseoftheblues | August 24, 2018 at 2:46 pm

By not resigning when he has long past stopped actually serving and potentially putting important votes at risk McCain goes out as he lived…it’s all about him. It’s a shame he couldn’t move beyond that fatal flaw of his even at the end.

    MajorWood in reply to caseoftheblues. | August 24, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Even in Arizona, his grave site will have green grass year round.

    Sadly, I agree. Once he survived the Keating scandal, he was all about himself. I almost literally held my nose voting for him for president.

    One of my closest friends died of a glioblastoma about 10 years ago; it was an awful thing to watch and a terrible way to die. I wish him a painless, quiet passing.

I admired John S. McCain for many years. Bought his autobiography and stood in line for hours at his Denver book signing. And voted for him for President.

He was not all that I believed him to be. I won’t dwell on that.

Senator McCain, thank you for your service. Your time in the Hanoi Hilton merits our respect and honor.

May your remaining days be filled with mercy and love.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous host Robin Leach died in Las Vegas today.

Champagne wishes and Caviar Dreams, Mr. Leach. RIP

So will he resign and let someone else go be a senator?

I’ve never been a McCain fan, but brain cancer is a cruel and horrible death. I wish he and his family well and thank him for his service.

4th armored div | August 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm

i will not say anything more than he should have resigned once he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

my poor wife suffered with similar disease and between the chemo meds and the efforts to deal with pain causes too much problems to act as a CEO – which McCain’s job was in the senate.

that he did NOT was a stab at Trump and the USA as a whole.

our country needs a STRONG LEADER – don’t know if VP Pence wull
suffice and who would be named as VP ?

McCain has done as much harm as Ocama + Clinton.

I fear for the future of our beloved USA.

He has screwed many out of fair representation for years. I have no problem with this self centered asshole passing.

Rubio is going to inherit his slot. That Rubio will begon in 4 years. Songbird sings no more.

I was taught that if I could not say something nice about somebody to not say anything at all.

I voted for him twice (Primary and General election). That’s about it.

4th armored div | August 24, 2018 at 4:24 pm
McCain’s absence handcuffs Republicans – POLITICO

The Senate, more than ever, is missing John McCain.

The chamber is considering a CIA nominee for whom the primary determining factor is her stance on torture, which McCain himself experienced for years in Vietnam as a prisoner of war. The Senate Armed Services Committee that he chairs is now crafting the annual defense bill, McCain’s top legislative priority. Senate Democrats are about to capitalize on his absence to jam through a proposal reinstating net neutrality policies.

    Since the issue of torture has been raised, including what Mr. McCain suffered as a POW, I need to put in my two cents’ worth:

    This is just one more reason why you should never trust the Left, especially when it develops warm spots for Communist dictators (a very different thing from simply addressing them by their formal titles). I’m old enough to remember all those protesters against the Viet Nam War assuring us that the North Vietnamese would never do anything so nasty as torture POW. However, Mr. McCain’s (and others’) having experienced torture at their hands is now admitted by all, including those disgusting shmoes who sold a generation on how Ho Chi Minh was, at heart, a democratic nationalist.

He is ready to run over that towline in the sky. Wish I felt sympathy. But I do not.

Thank you, Mr. McCain, for your service.

While I do not agree with everything McCain said or did, he should be treated with a certain respect at this point.

    Anchovy in reply to Kepha H. | August 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm


    Matt_SE in reply to Kepha H. | August 24, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Whitewashing villainy encourages it. You aren’t a better person for refusing to speak ill of the villainous dead, you’re a worse person.

      Agreed. One truth I’ve learned the hard way is that, while every group has it’s 10% bad apples, it’s the 90% who do nothing that are the real problem.

      I don’t know which is the greater sin – a wicked soul, or the virtuous soul that enables the wicked. The former often doesn’t know any better, the latter is a betrayal of Good.

      This Knight of the SCA I went after for his grooming of 12 year old girls? He got away with it, but I think the stress of me spotlighting him sent him to an early grave. It’s the least I could do, as the SCA Inner Party attacked me to cover it up – keeping him spotlighted at least prevented him from stalking his 7th victim. If that put him in the ground, I’m proud of it.

      But after his death, the same people who covered up his molestation of 6 young girls over 18 years and refused to carefully scrutinize him out of sympathy for losing a leg to diabetes? They likewise refused to delve into his grooming after he passed, excusing themselves of not wanting to speak ill of the dead. Go figure.

      And Richard Mowbry, stealing valor and using an Order of Chivalry as a prop to gain the trust of 12 year old girls? I’m still not done gnawing on this bone. You should have listened more carefully when I warned you to go with cremation.

Satan has a special place in his house, for someone who’s worked so hard on his behalf here on earth.


Humphrey's Executor | August 24, 2018 at 6:06 pm

In a debate when a Senator said congress was spending money like a drunken sailor McCain took to the floor and objected. He said that he had been a drunken sailor and that he could testify to the fact that when drunken sailors overspent, at least it was with their own money, not someone else’s.

It’s time for him to resign, if he’s still competent enough to do so.

McCain had no business being a fighter pilot, and no business being a ‘conservative’ in the senate.

He is a Stockholm Syndrome sufferer, and ultimately, a weak-ego parasite who let himself be a useful idiot for the left at the cost of our country.

If Hitler got brain cancer, would we be required to pretend it was a bad thing?

McCain deserves exactly as much respect and consideration as he has given those who voted for him because there was no other option.


Let’s just close this one up.

Still won’t resign his seat though.

Been what, about a year since he cast a vote – and missed most of the year prior to that as well. Came back one day to cast the deciding vote against Obamacare repeal.

He’s a national disgrace.

JackRussellTerrierist | August 24, 2018 at 11:53 pm

I despise him. I wish him a painless death immersed in morphine so he’ll stop talking.

I see he’s taking his psychotic hatred to the grave – no surprise.

He is now what he has always been.
Political. Whore. Stood for nothing but himself.
Hurry up, Bilbo McCain. Get it over with already. We’re ready to start correcting the damage you’ve done.
One of those conservative ‘hobbits’

I won’t spit on his grave, but I won’t be sending flowers.

    Fen in reply to txvet2. | August 25, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Yup, as a wise and ancient philosopher once mused;

    “When we defeat an enemy, we tend to his wounded and treat captives humanely. But traitors? Traitors we hang” – Ancient Wise Bad Ass

    “Ahem… I hope you’re not passing on your own opinion as the wisdom of ancient philosophers?” – Danerys Targarean, GoT

Others may argue differently. I wouldn’t wish brain cancer on my worst enemy. OK, maybe my worst but I haven’t met him yet and and all others deserved a quick and clean killing.

I’m shedding crocodile tears, almost as sincerely as Jimmy Kimmel.

He’s breathed his last. Fair winds & following seas.