CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Sept. 24): Sen. John McCain on Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Sept. 24): Sen. John McCain on Being Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

“60 Minutes” Season 25 Premiere (09/24/17) – Sen. John McCain tells Lesley Stahl about the moment he knew he was suffering from one of the most virulent and deadly forms of brain cancer. The Arizona Republican speaks to Stahl in an interview about his diagnosis and Washington politics. The interview will be broadcast on the 50th anniversary season premiere of “60 Minutes,” Sunday, Sept. 24 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

McCain left his doctor’s office at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix after a routine check-up only to be called on the phone shortly after leaving. He was informed he had a blood clot over his left eye. He says his doctor told him, “‘You’ve got to come back.’ And I said, ‘Hey, today’s Friday. I’ll just come in on Monday.’ And she said, ‘No, you have to come now. It’s very serious.’… They thought it was serious enough that they had to act immediately.”

Before his operation, the doctor did mention glioblastoma but didn’t tell him everything. “As you know, doctors are interesting,” he tells Stahl. Glioblastoma is strain of tumor that is aggressive and nearly always fatal.

But, says McCain, I kept saying to them, “Tell it to me straight. [And the doctors say] ‘Well, there’s always this. There’s always that.’ You know, and – and I said, ‘I can take it. Just tell me.’ And – and then they were more forthcoming.”

Days after his operation, lab results confirmed the diagnosis. “They said that the prognosis is very, very serious. Some say 3%, some say 14%. You know, it’s—it’s a very poor prognosis,” recalls McCain. “So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.’ And at the same time celebrate with gratitude a life well lived.”

Cindy, McCain’s wife of 37 years, is also interviewed.

“60 Minutes,” the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 50th season in September 2017. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2017, making Nielsen’s Top 10 nearly every week.

Over the 2015-2016 season, “60 Minutes” continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 12.3 million viewers per week – almost twice the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and three million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a “60 Minutes” broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.

Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Lara Logan, Scott Pelley, Charlie Rose, Lesley Stahl and Bill Whitaker all serve as correspondents and contributing correspondents.

The above press release was issued by CBS.


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