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McCain vs. cancer

McCain's cancer prognosis is 'very poor'

The chances of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) surviving his cancer diagnosis are likely in the single digits, McCain reported in a 60 Minutes interview Sunday evening.

"They said that it's very serious," the senator told CBS host Lesley Stahl. "Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. You know, it's a very poor prognosis. 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.'"

McCain has no intention of slowing down in whatever time he has left. "I am more energetic and more engaged as a result of this because I know that I've got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can," he said. At present, that primarily looks like tangling with his own party on health-care policy, as The Week's Simon Maloy has explained here.

Watch a clip of McCain's conversation with Stahl below. Bonnie Kristian