SNO Mourns the passing of Senator John McCain

The Society for Neuro-Oncology mourns the passing of Senator John McCain.  Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones in this difficult time.  Senator McCain was a great American who served our country with honor in war, and distinction as a public servant.  Known as a maverick in his political style, Senator McCain was always bound by his own sense of right and wrong, consistently working across the aisle if he thought his actions were in the best interest of the country.  Senator McCain’s passing is a sad reminder that brain tumors impact all Americans across the political divide, regardless of what they do for a living or where they live. 

The men and women of the Society for Neuro-Oncology are on the front-lines in the fight against glioblastoma and, indeed, all brain tumors. While progress has been frustratingly slow, advances published in SNO’s journals and findings presented at our annual conferences clearly demonstrate that our understanding of the biology of brain tumors is rapidly expanding and new therapies for our patients are on the horizon.  Although much remains to be done, we are closer than ever in understanding the genesis and progression of glioblastoma and thus therapeutically exploiting its vulnerabilities.

In honor of Senator McCain and the other Americans who will lose their battle with brain tumors this year, the members of SNO will redouble their efforts to find new and effective treatments for CNS malignancies, and will strive to improve the care and quality of life for those living with the disease.