John McCain Discontinuing Treatment for Brain Cancer

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"John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict," reads a family statement, in part.

Sen. John McCain's family says the Arizona senator has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer.

In a statement, McCain's family says McCain has surpassed expectations for his survival, but "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict." The family adds: "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment."

The 81-year-old McCain is in his sixth term representing Arizona. He has been away from the Capitol since December.

Family members say they are immensely grateful for the support and kindness shown by McCain's caregivers and for the outpouring of concern and affection by thousands of people.

Read the full statement below:

Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment. Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.