Senator John McCain to stop brain cancer treatment

By: Amanda Pitts

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A year after Senator John McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, his family announced Friday that he has decided to stop treatment.

The news is hitting Washington hard, and leaders in Rhode Island are sending their messages of love and support.

"He’s irreplaceable, frankly," said Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who has worked closely with McCain over the past several years.

Reed said there’s no one with his combination of courage, principle, experience, and dedication.

"We’re not surprised that he’s reached a point that he won’t use any more medical procedures, but it’s still a sad, sad moment."

The Senator was diagnosed in the summer of 2017 with Glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive type of cancer that starts in the brain or spinal cord.

"He’s set an example for everyone of what public service is and should be. And he’s devoted his whole life to our country," said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).

Senator McCain left Washington in December but remained vocal on a wide array of issues.

"He calls them as he sees them and we need that kind of candor and honesty, and we don’t have enough of it. His presence is always felt when he’s there and it’s felt when he’s not there," said Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI).

The Senator’s Republican colleagues in Washington also sent their best wishes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the news "very sad", and Speaker Paul Ryan said, "the whole House is keeping John and his family in our prayers during this time".

In a statement, Senator McCain’s family thanked the public and the teams that cared for him this past year.

“May the prayers and affection of his country, and of friends around the world, surround John and his beloved family in these peaceful final hours.” – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

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