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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., walks from his Senate office as Congress returns from the August recess to face work on immigration, the debt limit, funding the government, and help for victims of Hurricane Harvey, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Earlier, McCain declared President Donald Trump's decision to phase out an Obama administration program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants "the wrong approach" at a time when Republicans and Democrats need to work together. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John McCain said his cancer prognosis is 'pretty good' but acknowledged he's 'facing a challenge'

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In his first interview since his cancer diagnosis, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said his prognosis is "pretty good."

"I'm facing a challenge, but I've faced other challenges," McCain told CNN's Jake Tapper. "And I'm very confident about getting through this one as well."

The 81-year-old senator was diagnosed with brain cancer in July and is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

McCain acknowledged that the diagnosis has been difficult for his family, but said all of his test results so far have been "excellent."

He returned to Washington last week and said this week he will focus his efforts on a defense spending bill.

McCain told Tapper he hopes to beat the disease, but seemed to be at peace.

When asked how he wants to be remembered, McCain said: "He served his country, and not always right -- made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors -- but served his country, and I hope we could add, honorably."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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