There still is no timetable for U.S. Sen. John McCain to return to Washington, D.C., but his daughter on Tuesday floated the possibility of summer.
“I wish I had an exact date, but I just don’t,” Meghan McCain told Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM (92.3). “I am very cautiously optimistic about the summer, yes.”
McCain, 81, since July has been battling a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. He was hospitalized in December for a viral infection and for side effects related to his ongoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment and has been in Arizona since Dec. 17.
The six-term Arizona Republican’s informal goal of returning to work in the Senate in January came and went as McCain continues to get physical therapy at his family cabin in Cornville, near Sedona.
Meghan McCain, a TV commentator who co-hosts ABC’s “The View,” gave the update on her father’s health on KTAR’s “Mac & Gaydos” program.
“As everyone knows especially with this cancer, you have to take it scan by scan, but he is doing really good, much better than I think people anticipated,” she said in the radio interview.
“He’s doing very well and I feel very lucky that he is doing so well,” she added.
In a previous interview, Meghan McCain said concerns about this year’s brutal flu season were helping to keep her father in Arizona.
With his immune system weakened, “everybody is worried about him getting the flu,” she said on a Politico podcast in February.
Meghan McCain and her mother, Cindy McCain, last week helped shoot down a dubious online report anticipating McCain’s resignation for health reasons.
Cindy McCain tweeted that her husband “is doing fine and has no intention of resigning!”
Meghan McCain likewise definitively dubbed the report, which had gotten some traction on social media, “FAKE NEWS.”
While not giving interviews to the media, the elder McCain has continued to issue written statements from Arizona and remains active on Twitter.
On Tuesday, he raised concerns about the role Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s new nominee for CIA director, played in the “disgraceful” torture of detainees in U.S. custody after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Nowicki is The Arizona Republic’s national political reporter. Follow him on Twitter, @dannowicki.
Barrow neurosurgeon talks about McCain’s cancer | 1:17
Dr. Joseph Zabramski, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, talks about Sen. John McCain’s cancer. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral.com
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Doctor: McCain has ‘aggressive’ cancer | 1:28
A cancer expert says Sen. John McCain has an “aggressive” form of brain cancer that will be difficult to treat. Dr. David Reardon at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says glioblastoma is the most common type of brain cancer in adults. (July 20)
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Sen. Lindsey Graham says Sen. John McCain is “ready to come back,” despite being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. (July 20)
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Doctors diagnosed Senator John McCain with a glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor that can be difficult to treat.
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Sen. John McCain revealed that he has a primary brain tumor, with doctors describing the tumor as a glioblastoma.
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Republic reporters explain what glioblastoma is and what it means for Sen. John McCain.
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Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer according to a statement from his office.
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Barrow neurosurgeon talks about McCain’s cancer
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