John McCain's Cancer: What Is Glioblastoma And How Much Time Does Senator Have?

Lifestyle & Health

May 17, 2018 09:23 By Fabiosa

Sen. John McCain stands strong against all the odds. He continues his work and tries to remain active while fighting brain cancer. Glioblastoma is an extremely aggressive deadly form of cancer with low life expectancy rate. Therefore, many people are wondering how much time is left for Mr. McCain.


READ ALSO: Brain Tumor: 13 Warning Signs And Symptoms

John McCain's fight against cancer

John McCain ran as the presidential candidate from the Republicans against Obama and the Democrats in 2008. He was at the center of the politics back in the days. However, the United States Senator from Arizona steals the limelight for another reason today. John officially announced his diagnosis in July 2017.

McCain, 81 years old, has glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that makes up only 15% of all types of brain tumors. The same type of cancer killed Sen. Ted Kennedy and Beau Bidden, Joe Biden’s son. John McCain has already had cancer for almost a year, and the fact that he’s still alive and doing relatively well is just unbelievable.


Survival time

As for life expectancy, the official statistics show that half of the patients with glioblastoma live up to 15 months, and only 10% of patients with this form of cancer live more than five years. John McCain definitely looks strong enough to withstand the disease much longer. His family is there to support him. John’s daughter tells that her father is still as sharp as ever:

But he’s very present. Mentally, he’s 100% there.


READ ALSO: John McCain's Children Are Overjoyed At His Amazing Recovery From Brain Cancer

What is glioblastoma?

Glioblastoma is the type of cancer that occurs typically in the brain or spinal cord. Although glioblastoma is highly aggressive, it usually doesn’t spread elsewhere in the body. But instead, it is developing in the brain very fast because its cells are supported by a large network of blood vessels.

This type of cancer can grow very fast, and its symptoms are caused by the increasing pressure inside the brain:

  • headache;
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • drowsiness;
  • memory and speech difficulties;
  • visual changes.

Kateryna Kon /

There is an exception to every rule, and we hope that John McCain would manage to live much longer than the statistics predict. Different patients react differently to the same treatment, and John has the best doctors to help him.


We pray for John McCain and all the people who are fighting against cancer! We believe in your recovery!

                                                                                                                    Source: Mayo Clinic, CNN, CheatSheet

READ ALSO: Brain Tumor: 8 Symptoms To Take Into Account

This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

John Mccain NATO