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U.S. Sen. John McCain thanks supporters, tweets 'I'll be back soon'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator John McCain took to Twitter Thursday morning to thank supporters and promise a swift return. The tweet came one day after it was publicly announced that the Republican from Arizona has brain cancer.

"I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support," McCain tweeted. "Unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!"

Sen. John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator's care told CNN exclusively. The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of glioblastoma associated with the blood clot.

A pathologist was in the operating room during the procedure, a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision, said his doctor, who added that the surgery lasted about three to four hours. Post-surgical brain scans show the tissue causing concern has been completely removed.

McCain is recovering "amazingly well," according to a statement from his office.

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