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McCain returning to Senate

U.S. Sen. John McCain will return to Washington, D.C. next week after completing a round of chemotherapy for the aggressive brain cancer he was diagnosed with in July.

The Arizona Republican's office announced the senator's plans in a brief statement Wednesday: "Sen. McCain will return to the U.S. Senate next week as Congress begins a new legislative session and looks forward to continuing his work for the people of Arizona and the nation."

McCain finished a round of treatment for glioblastoma, a serious brain cancer, two weeks ago, his daughter Meghan McCain said earlier.

McCain was diagnosed after surgery to remove a two-inch clot from his brain in mid-July. Just a week after announcing his diagnosis, McCain headed to Washington, D.C., where he played a pivotal role in the failed GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare.

McCain — who had an operation on July 14 to remove a 2-inch clot from his brain that was later identified as glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer — joined two other Republican senators in voting "no" on the so-called "skinny repeal" plan. McCain, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and all 48 Democrats in the Senate narrowly defeated the attempt to roll back the Affordable Care Act, tanking the move on a 49-51 vote.

The 80-year-old Republican senator from Arizona had a two-inch blood clot removed from his brain above his left eye on July 14. Surgeons at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix performed the operation, which required a craniotomy near his eyebrow. Last Wednesday, his doctors and staff announced that he had been diagnosed with the deadly form of brain cancer.

Late last month, his office said that McCain would begin a "standard post-surgical regimen of targeted radiation and chemotherapy," and that the senator will "maintain a work schedule."

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McCain in 2014.