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John McCain's Cancer Prognosis: 'Poor,' 'Very, Very Serious'

John McCain's Cancer Prognosis: 'Poor,' 'Very, Very Serious'

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, presides over the hearing on "Recent United States Navy Incidents at Sea" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 September 2017 05:25 AM

Sen. John McCain said his cancer prognosis is poor and "very, very serious" during an interview on CBS "60 Minutes" Sunday.

The 81-year-old senator from Arizona was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer, earlier this year after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot over his left eye.

Five days later, doctors gave him bad news about his chances of survival.

"Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent — you know, it's a very poor prognosis," McCain told CBS' Lesley Stahl.

Despite the blow, McCain returned to Washington 11 days after his surgery to vote no on the Obamacare repeal, tanking the measure.

“He is that tough,” wife Cindy McCain said in the interview.

She added that although she was still in disbelief about the diagnosis, she knew that “cancer chose the wrong guy” because “it’s not going to happen here.”

John McCain previously fought melanoma in 2002, survived two plane crashes, and endured five and a half years solitary confinement as a prisoner of war in Vietnam from 1967 to 19773.

The diagnosis has drawn widespread public support for John McCain. Political analyst David Axelrod posted on Twitter Monday "the extraordinary grace and courage of @SenJohnMcCain in the face of a mortal illness is truly inspiring."

Just after news of McCain's cancer dianosis broke, former President Barack Obama tweeted, "John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John."

McCain is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy but told "60 Minutes" he feels fine.

“I am more energetic and more engaged as a result of this because I know that I’ve got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can,” he said.

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