Senator McCain’s Newly Diagnosed Brain Tumor Brings Spotlight on Glioblastoma

AANS Website Provides Information for the Public on Glioblastoma and other Neurosurgical Conditions

Newswise — News that U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma has heightened the public’s interest in learning more about this aggressive form of brain cancer. The American Association of Neurological Surgeon’s (AANS) website features a patient section, which includes information about many neurosurgical conditions, including glioblastoma. The information is written and edited by neurosurgeons who donate their time to keep free, accurate and easily accessed information available to the public.

 The direct link to the glioblastoma page is:

 “On behalf of America’s neurosurgeons, the AANS wishes Senator McCain, and all patients suffering from brain cancer, our encouragement as they battle this devastating disease,” said AANS president, Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS. “While a cure remains elusive, with the availability of more aggressive and targeted treatments, there has never been a more hopeful time for improving the quality of life and life expectancy for patients experiencing this dreaded disease,” Dr. Valadka added.


Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 11,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. Fellows of the AANS are board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, A.C. Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the spinal column, spinal cord, brain, nervous system and peripheral nerves.


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