UNM boss says John McCain could get new cancer treatment

Posted at 2:26 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 23:06:23-04

The CEO of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center says Sen. John McCain could have his brain cancer treated through clinical trials there if the Arizona Republican's treatment isn't effective.

The Albuquerque Journal reports CEO Dr. Cheryl Willman told an Albuquerque business group Wednesday about the possibility of McCain receiving treatments at the facility.

McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said Thursday the senator has no new announcement about his treatment and is getting excellent care at the National Institutes of Health. He previously was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

Researchers say trials underway at the Albuquerque cancer center could offer a new tool for fighting a deadly form of brain cancer too often immune to conventional treatments, such as radiation therapy.

The first human trials have shown promise in attacking glioblastomas, or solid brain tumors -- the type of brain cancer McCain is battling.