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U of A Cancer Center doctor speaks out on McCain diagnosis

Posted at 9:28 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 01:17:15-04

A day after the nation learned Senator John Mccain has brain cancer, he tweeted to thank everyone for their support.


Now many people are wondering, how serious is the cancer and if Senator can beat it. 

For many people who know Senator John McCain -- They say, he is a fighter.

 According to Dr. Baldassare Stea with the University of Arizona Cancer Center, he says the Senator has a fighting chance to beat Brain cancer.

The Arizona Senator was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. 

Dr. Stea says, "It sounds to me, without knowing details that it was caught relatively early. The smaller the tumor the more likely it is to survive."

According to Stea, Brain cancer survival depends on the function of the grade. "the lower the grade, the longer the survival but the higher the grade, the lesser the survival," says Stea. 

Dr. Stea says the fight for recovery will not be easy and it will take more than six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. 

Different portions of the brain have different functions and while the location of the tumor has not been disclosed, he believes, "In this case it sounds like it was in the frontal lobe." 

The Senator was diagnosed with glioblastoma after undergoing surgery for a blood clot on his left eye. 

In a letter to the public, the Senators office says, 

"The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with the Mayo clinic in Phoenix." 

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