U.S. Senator John McCain's death from glioblastoma on Saturday at the age of 81 brought new attention to a disease affecting nearly 700,000 Americans.
Officials from the National Brain Tumor Society, based in Newton, Mass., Said in a written statement that they were "deeply saddened" by McCain's death and called for a nationwide effort to combat the disease.
Glioblastoma has been described as an "aggressive" form of brain tumor that normally occurs in adults.
McCain, a Republican from Arizona, who served in the Senate for more than 30 years, was diagnosed with the disease in July 201
The same type of cancer had taken the life of Beau Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, in 2015, and US Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., In 2009.
More than 12,000 New cases of the disease are diagnosed each year in the US, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.
Glioblastoma is one of the most complex, drug-resistant and adaptable cancers there is, "said David Arons, CEO of the National Brain Tumor Society.
According to the group, glioblastoma, men, women and children" may be of any race, socioeconomic background or
The statement concludes with a call to action to find "more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure. "
" As Senator McCain often pleaded during his presidential campaign, we as a country are stronger in devoting ourselves to causes greater than [our] own interests.
"This is the moment in our history that we decide to take glioblastoma and brain tumors together with the same seriousness [resolve] with which we devote ourselves to our other national sufferings."
Fox News & # 39 Paulina Dedaj contributed to this story.