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Available Expert - Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Queen’s University cancer expert DJ Cook is available to comment on the news that Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Earlier this week, Senator McCain had a tumour removed from his brain which has since been diagnosed as a glioblastoma tumour.

“Senator McCain is reported to have been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour known as glioblastoma multiforme,” says Dr. Cook. “This is the most common brain tumour in adults. The tumour is akin to an ant hill in the brain where the main lump of tumour cells is visible on brain scans but single tumour cells creep away to distant parts of the brain undetected like ants that move away from the ant hill.  Therefore complete removal of every cell is not possible. Treatment for these tumours typically includes surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Cutting edge research ongoing at Queen's and across Canada is leading to new therapies that address the challenges we face when treating these types of tumours.”

Dr. Cook's surgical team was involved in the removal of Tragically Hip band member Gord Downie's tumour.

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