John McCain Tweets That He’ll ‘Be Back Soon’ After Cancer Diagnosis

July 20, 2017 Updated: July 20, 2017

A day after he told the world about his brain cancer diagnosis, Sen. John McCain wrote that he’ll be back.

“I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” he tweeted.

McCain issued a statement on his website just hours after he announced his diagnosis, criticizing a move by the U.S. government to end a program to arm Syrian opposition fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad—suggesting that he’s not down for the count.


McCain’s office, which included a statement from his Mayo Clinic doctors, said that he had glioblastoma—a type of aggressive brain cancer. A tumor was discovered during a procedure to remove a blood clot.

“Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria,” the statement read.

The 80-year-old Republican Vietnam veteran will now evaluate his treatment options.

“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation,” the statement reads. “The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”

McCain, in a statement, said that he’s recovering at home in Arizona.

Other officials and dignitaries, including President Donald Trump and former running-mate Sarah Palin, issued messages of support for him.