On Wednesday evening, Arizona Senator John McCain was rushed to Walter Reed Medical Center as he continues to battle a glioblastoma, which is an aggressive form of brain cancer. Now, reports are coming in that Senate sources have become worried about McCain, as he has become increasingly frail recently.
CNN reported that after McCain missed the entire week in the Senate due to what his office said were side effects to his cancer treatment, sources said that the senator has looked more frail and has not spoken up in recent GOP meetings the way he usually does. While the Senate sources think McCain is still normal mentally, they think the issue is his energy level, and pointing out that his lack of participation was not normal.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he talked to Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, on Wednesday about his health.
“He is receiving treatment for the side effects of therapy,” Graham said. “I feel pretty good about the way the treatment is affecting his underlying cancer. But the treatment has a downside. So he is trying to rest up. I am very confident that he will come back and continue to participate for a long time to come.”
“The main thing I am focused on is to just get better. John, take a little time. Rest up. It’s OK,” Graham said. “Take a day or two off. He’s had a heck of a Senate schedule. And I hope he will take some time to regroup, do a little rehabilitation on his leg, and come back and participate in a way that only Sen. McCain can participate.”
McCain’s office released a statement saying that he was hospitalized for “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy.”
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“As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes,” the statement continued.
McCain has been battling this aggressive form of brain cancer since July, and has maintained a normal Senate work schedule as he also received chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
“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,” McCain said during an interview in September.
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