(image via flickr/Jim Greenhill)

(image via flickr/Jim Greenhill)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about glioblastoma.

Senator McCain is an American hero and political icon and when news of his brain tumor was recently announced, it sent shock waves throughout our Country.

Captured by the Vietnamese and brutally tortured in their prisoner of war
camp, the Hanoi Hilton, McCain refused his privilege as an Admiral’s son, which would have allowed him to leave, instead choosing to remain for five years with the soldiers he commanded.

He returned to the U.S. as a celebrated war hero, exemplifying courage and
service above self.

Elected to Congress in 1982, he later won a seat in the U.S. Senate, where
he has faithfully served until this day.

McCain’s brain tumor, a glioblastoma, was discovered while having surgery
for a blood clot over his left eye. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, a glioblastoma is a highly malignant brain tumor which forms from astrocytes, star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain and that tend to reproduce quickly.

As a brain tumor, glioblastomas account for approximately 15.4% of all
brain tumors, and they are most prevalent in men and those of the age 45
to 65.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

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