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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)

Sen. John McCain is expected to begin cancer treatment on Monday


After sending shock waves throughout the Nation's Capitol with his 'no' vote on Obamacare's repeal, Sen. John McCain will return to his home state of Arizona to undergo radiation and chemotherapy to treat his recently diagnosed brain cancer.

According to a Friday statement released by his office, the respected lawmaker will receive treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix while maintaining his work schedule.

“On Monday, July 31, he will begin a standard post-surgical regimen of targeted radiation and chemotherapy," the statement read.

The illness isn't stopping the six-term senator from making plans to return to Congress, which he hopes to do at the end of Congress' August recess.

The 80-year-old previously underwent surgery to remove a blood clot near his left eye. He was subsequently diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. Other public servants, including Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, had the same type of tumor. Kennedy died in 2009, and Biden in 2015.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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