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Doctors Say McCain's Melanomas Have Not Spread to the Rest of His Body

Aired August 18, 2000 - 3:35 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BOBBIE BATTISTA, HOST, CNN "TALKBACK LIVE": We have now an official update on Senator John McCain's condition, so let's go to Elizabeth Cohen in Phoenix -- Elizabeth.

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Bobbie, Mayo Clinic physicians at the request of Senator McCain have issued a statement saying there's some good news for Senator McCain. They say that the two melanomas that he had are unrelated to each other and are unrelated to the melanoma that he had back in 1993. The reason that's important is that if they related -- were related to each other or related to what he had seven years ago that would mean that the cancer was spreading from one part of his body to another part. But they called these "primary melanomas," meaning that each of them was new and they're not related to one another.

They mentioned that he had several tests, an MRI of the brain, CT scan of the neck, the chest, the abdomen, the pelvis, electrocardiogram and echocardiogram, which are tests used on the heart, and that they all came back normal, with no cancer.

They recommended that he have surgery on both of these melanomas. Surgery is the usual step that have you with melanoma, and you only go into other treatments, such as chemotherapy, if it spreads to adjacent lymph nodes or it spreads to other parts of the body -- Bobbie.

BATTISTA: All right, Elizabeth, good news indeed. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from the senator in the next hour or so. Thanks very much.

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