Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, has made the decision to discontinue medical treatment, his family said in a statement on Friday:
“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. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.”
“Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.”
McCain, who will turn 82 next week, was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017.
He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served two terms. He entered the U.S. Senate in 1987 and won reelection five times. He was most recently elected in 2016.
He was the Republican nominee for president in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.