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John McCain completes first round of cancer treatment

Senator John McCain smiled while attending an MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks last week.

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Senator John McCain smiled while attending an MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks last week.

US Senator John McCain has completed his first round of radiation and chemotherapy, his daughter, Meghan McCain, announced on Twitter Friday afternoon.

Taking to the social media network just after 4 p.m., the younger McCain praised her father, posting, “his resilience & strength is incredible.”

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“Fight goes on, here’s to small wins,” she wrote, ending her post with the hashtag #[expletive]cancer.

News of the senator’s cancer diagnosis broke in late July, when McCain had a blood clot removed from above his left eye.

McCain is battling a particularly aggressive type of brain tumor — glioblastoma, the same type that affected the late Ted Kennedy. The American Cancer Society puts the five-year survival rate for patients over 55 at about 4 percent.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.
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