My husband suffered with glioblastoma for almost three years before he died. Glioblastoma multiforme is an insidious, powerful cancer, and it always wins. My heart goes out to Sen. John McCain and his family. I hope they will learn everything they can about this disease and make thoughtful choices about treatment, including balancing his quality of life with the side effects of intervention.

If he decides to be aggressive about seeking treatment, I hope he chooses a clinical trial first rather than waiting until after he has run out of medical standard of care options. It may be that trials work best on patients who are newly diagnosed than on those who are ill, tired and fragile from previous lengthy treatments.

That being said, he should remember the option of doing nothing. It’s a valid choice, and no one should take that away from him.

Sally Connolly