NHPCO’s Edo Banach shares a message following the news that Senator John McCain has decided to stop medical treatments.
August 24, 2018
It is with sadness that the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization acknowledges today’s announcement from his family that Senator John McCain has chosen to forgo ongoing medical treatment for his diagnosis of brain cancer.
The journey an individual takes when facing advanced illness is unique to that person and decisions made about the best care interventions are personal and are never made lightly. Senator McCain has shared information as appropriate about his diagnosis throughout his experience and in this way he has taught our nation about the challenges that accompany serious illness.
NHPCO thanks Senator McCain for reminding the public about the importance of self-determination with regards to medical treatments and care interventions. The priority he has placed on his love and concern for his family is a testament to his compassion.
During this time, which is certainly difficult for his family, friends and those that admire this American hero who has dedicated his life to the service of his country, NHPCO extends its thoughts and wishes. It is often through the experience of public servants and celebrities that we learn lessons about life and death and living as fully as possible.
Edo Banach, JD
President and CEO
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
For those looking for information about coping with serious and life-limiting illness and advance care planning, NHPCO offers the website NHPCO CaringInfo.org