McCain, battling brain cancer, finishes first round of radiation, chemo

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) speaks during a press conference about his resistance to the so-called "Skinny Repeal" of the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2017.

Reuters

PHOENIX -- The daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona says the 80-year-old lawmaker has completed the first round of radiation and chemotherapy as he battles an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Meghan McCain also tweeted Friday afternoon that her father's "resilience & strength is incredible. Fight goes on, here's to small wins."

McCain tweeted Friday "thank you to the wonderful team Mayo Clinic -- we appreciate everything you do!"

McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and a six-term senator, was diagnosed last month with glioblastoma. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook called glioblastoma a "very serious type of brain tumor."

"The problem with glioblastoma is at the time that it is discovered, there are almost always microscopic cells that have spread elsewhere in the brain because it spreads along the nerve cells," LaPook said.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix say they removed a blood clot above the senator's left eye and managed to remove all of the tumor that was visible on brain scans.

McCain says he expects to return to Washington next month.