| Cacique Caribe ||21 Jul 2017 5:52 a.m. PST|
I don't live under a rock but that's how I felt last night when I realized everyone on tv was talking about John McCain's health troubles and I had no idea what had happened.
There was talk of brain cancer, a tumor, etc. Well, here are the specifics of the threat ("glioblastoma")*, the limited options available to the sufferer and the toll it takes on everyone affected.
That's a really tough card for anyone to be dealt, no matter who you are in the world. My heart goes out to him and his loved ones.
* Frankly, this was the first time I had ever even heard the term.
|Mithmee ||21 Jul 2017 6:00 a.m. PST|
Well either it or the treatment will end up killing him.
| Cacique Caribe ||21 Jul 2017 6:03 a.m. PST|
This has really shown me how little I know of brain tumors and their treatment.
In my entire life I've only known three people who survived brain tumors and in all three cases the tumors were non-cancerous types.
|Shagnasty ||21 Jul 2017 7:09 a.m. PST|
This guy has survived more unpleasant situations in his life than most people dream of and has still pursued public service. It is a shame that such a life should end in yet more suffering. My heartfelt best wishes for the Senator and his family.
|Gunfreak ||21 Jul 2017 8:16 a.m. PST|
Most brain cancers give poor prognosis.
The differences are how long will you last and how unpleasant is the end.
I won't go into politics but McCain has served his country almost all his life. And it's sad that it will most likely this way.
I hope it will go as well as it possibility can. And i hope the time he has left will be good.
| Bowman ||21 Jul 2017 9:35 a.m. PST|
I agree with and share the sentiments of Shagnasty and Gunfreak.
Frankly, this was the first time I had ever even heard the term.
Glial cells make up most of the mass of your brain. They basically consist of all cells in your brain that aren't neurons.
| Cyrus the Great ||21 Jul 2017 3:50 p.m. PST|
Luckily, he has the health care afforded to senators!
| Cacique Caribe ||21 Jul 2017 4:50 p.m. PST|
Really? THAT'S what you get out of this news?
I may not like some of the decisions he's made in office either, but this is neither the place or the time for that sort of thing.
|Charlie 12||21 Jul 2017 7:18 p.m. PST|
Glioblastoma is one of the more common brain cancers. It also one the most deadly. With little to no chance of long term survival (median survival is 12-18 months. And the older the patient, the shorter the time). And it can't be eradicated; in all cases, the cancer will return.
I know a bit about this particular form of the beast since it killed my father and my fiancee.
Truly sad that McCain gets victimized by this sadistic beast (I refer to all cancers as "beasts"). No one should. I just hope that his final days are as peaceful, pain free and easy as possible. He deserves that much.
| Cacique Caribe ||21 Jul 2017 9:39 p.m. PST|
Jesus, Charlie! Both your Dad AND your fiancée? How were you able to process that?
Also, is there a lot of physical pain during the final months?
|tookey23||27 Jul 2017 2:07 p.m. PST|
Yes there is pain though medication takes care of that but then leads the sufferer to be in an almost vegetated state due to heavy medication.
It may also explain McCain's odd performance in the last senate questioning.