Both Parties Put Politics Aside When McCain’s Family Announces He’s Stopping Treatment: ‘His Heroism Inspires’

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s family said in a statement that he will discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer.

Last July, McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor following a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

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The statement from his family detailed the journey McCain has gone through since his diagnosis:

“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.”

Members of Congress posted their support on Twitter:

Reactions to the news continued about the “hero”:

After first learning about his diagnosis, McCain returned to the Senate to deliver a speech addressing the need for bipartisanship and to acknowledge senators he’s “known and admired,” Fox News reported:

“Make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life. And I am so grateful to the people of Arizona for the privilege—for the honor—of serving here and the opportunities it gives me to play a small role in the history of the country I love,” McCain said. “But they knew that however sharp and heartfelt their disputes, however keen their ambitions, they had an obligation to work collaboratively to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively.”

McCain, 81-years-old, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was elected as his party’s presidential nominee in 2008 and served for three decades in Congress.

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