Republican Sen. John McCain returning to Arizona following complications with cancer treatment

Randall Craig
December 20, 2017

Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) will return to Washington in January after undergoing physical therapy and rehabilitation in Arizona, his office announced late Sunday. McCain was said to be looking forward "to returning to work as soon as possible", according to a written statement. He had missed votes last week and will miss a crucial vote on the GOP tax bill this week.

McCain's Senate office had said Wednesday that he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C., for "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy".

He left for Arizona on Sunday. He received a diagnosis this year of glioblastoma, an aggressive, malignant brain tumor that can cause headaches, seizures, blurred vision and other symptoms. He has been undergoing treatment since.

President Trump told reporters Sunday that McCain and his wife, Cindy McCain, have "headed back [to Arizona], but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his help, which hopefully we won't".

CBS News is reporting that Republican Sen.


"An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment", Gilbert said. He added: "But the word is John will come back if we need his vote".

In a statement provided by Mr. McCain's office on Sunday, Dr. Mark R. Gilbert, chief of the neuro-oncology branch at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, offered an upbeat assessment of the senator's health. It's too bad. He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about it.

McCain's daughter, Meghan tweeted he was doing well and the family will spend Christmas together in Arizona. The bill has the support of Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee last week and should have enough votes for the GOP measure.

The Senate already passed the tax bill once, but must do so again now that it has been joined with the House's version. Republicans secured the support of Sens.

Sen. John McCain heads to the Senate floor ahead of votes on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2017. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, with members of his staff pushing him where he needed to go.

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