After battling cancer for more than a year, Senator John McCain’s family announced Friday that he is discontinuing treatment.
The family of longtime Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, said Friday that he has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer. McCain, 81, was first diagnosed with the disease in the summer of 2017.
“I love my husband with all of my heart,” his wife, Cindy McCain, wrote Friday, in a tweet accompanying the news. “God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”
Few legislators in American history have served for more years, or in more capacities than McCain has during a Senate career that began in 1987 and lasted more than three decades. At various points during his tenure, McCain has chaired the Armed Services Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee.
McCain first garnered national attention during the Vietnam War, when, as the son of an admiral in the U.S. Navy, he spent more than five years as a prisoner of war, an ordeal that left him unable to lift his arms above his head.
Read the statement tweeted by Cindy McCain below:
I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey. pic.twitter.com/v27sEbboii
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 24, 2018