CTX doctor reacts to Sen. John McCain brain cancer diagnosis

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 20:20:56-04

Senator John McCain announced Wednesday that he was diagnosed with brain cancer and was appreciative of all the support he had received. 

McCain had surgery on Friday, July 14 to remove a blood clot and during the procedure, the doctor found a brain tumor. 

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix said that McCain had a glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

Local doctors said there is some good news. 

"Most of the tumor was taken out, not all so that is good for him and secondly, he was able to come out of surgery with a very good performance...talking to his friends, making jokes. And he's in great spirit," said Dr. Ekokobe Fonkem, a neuro-oncologist with Baylor Scott & White. 

The doctor says the next step for McCain will most likely be radiation treatments and chemotherapy. 

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