Brain cancer survivor: There is hope for Sen. McCain

Brain cancer survivor: There is hope for Sen. McCain (ABC7)

Carol Toney is able to spend her days taking care of patients at Children's National Medical Center.

The nurse was a patient facing the same form of brain cancer over four years ago that Senator John McCain now has.

"I forgot to pay my mortgage. Just little things that I slipped up on because I couldn't keep up on all the details of my life," said Toney, about the signs prior to her diagnosis.

Toney was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. Following surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, she's back to living a healthy life.

ABC7 News talked to doctors at MedSTAR Georgetown University Hospital.

"A glioblastoma is a very aggressive, cancerous brain tumor," said Dr. Deepa Subramaniam, the director of the Brain Tumor Center.

Subramaniam says about half of patients with a glioblastoma survive more than 15 months. Age and health matter. The Arizona senator is 80 years old. Toney is 20 years younger.

"There's no reason to think that he won't be able to come out to Capitol Hill to work in the near future," said Subramaniam.

McCain tweeted on Thursday, saying he appreciates the support and "unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon so standby."

Toney says she is cured and her oncologist says she does not have to come back.

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