WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona and the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2008, has brain cancer, according to a statement his office released on Wednesday.
Mr. McCain was treated at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye. The brain tumor — known as a glioblastoma — was discovered during that procedure, the statement said.
“The senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent,” the statement said.
He may undergo chemotherapy and radiation for treatment, the statement said.
Mr. McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, had alerted the public over the weekend that he was undergoing medical treatment and would not be able to attend a vote on health care that Senate leaders had initially hoped to schedule this week.
It was not known until Wednesday how serious his condition was.