John McCain says doctors are grim but he’s still got something to celebrate

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. The Senate voted decisively to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad. McCain said the bill’s passage was long overdue, a jab at Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has called Putin a murderer and a thug.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered insight into his struggle with an aggressive brain cancer diagnosis Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” saying doctors have not given him a good prognosis. One estimate puts his chance of survival in the single-digit percentile, he said.

“It’s very, very serious….some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent,” he said. “You know, it’s…it’s a very poor prognosis.”

McCain said that despite the grim news, he was happy to have lived a wonderful life.

A former naval aviator shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and held as a prisoner of war until 1973, McCain said he wants to be remembered for his service to his country and he wants his memorial service to be held in Annapolis, Md. at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy.

Though his health may be failing, McCain remains dedicated to service and America, he said, especially in the current political climate, where he has become a dissenting Republican voice on health care. Fixing healthcare may ultimately mean McCain will have to work with President Donald Trump, though the two have repeatedly clashed, the senator acknowledged.

“I’d be glad to converse with him. But I also understand that we’re very different people. Different upbringing. Different life experiences,” McCain told CBS. “He is in the business of making money… I was raised in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for the behavior that we have to exhibit every single day.”

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