Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer; Filipinos express their prayers

by Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN News

A study of the tissues obtained from a blood clot above Senator John McCain’s left eye area revealed a brain tumor, called glioblastoma — an aggressive type of cancer that occurs in the brain or spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic categorizes the prognosis for this type of cancer as difficult to treat.

In a statement issued by McCain’s office, the senator is in good spirits as he recovers from his surgery.

McCain, who is 80 years old, is exploring treatment options for the brain tumor, the statement adds.

The former chairman of the council of Filipino organizations in Arizona was deeply concerned when the news surfaced about McCain this week.

“I was shocked, in deep thoughts when I heard about McCains condition in the news. I know my feeling is the same with the Filipino community, because Senator McCain is an ardent supporter of the dreams and aspirations of the Filipinos,” said Leonardo Aromin.

Senator McCain’s initiatives on american leadership in Asia-Pacific, and his goals to strengthen the trans-pacific partnership in the global arena, inspires Farhana Shifa, chairperson for the Arizona Republican Party community affairs.

“He has a great heart of serving the people. He never calls names or humiliates his opponents. This is one nature I really admire about him,” said Shifa.

McCain’s senate colleagues held a prayer for him in their chamber on Thursday.

“Many people might not agree with him from his political platform or political views but they overcome that, and they’re praying for this person,” Shifa added. “We are all praying for his quick recovery. And I believe he will fight it back. He is a fighter.”


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