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Senator John McCain to Meet With Doctors to Discuss His Skin Cancer

Aired August 18, 2000 - 1:39 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Arizona senator and former president candidate John McCain plans to sit down with doctors some time today to figure out the best course of treatment for his skin cancer. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen joins us now from Phoenix with the latest about that -- Elizabeth.

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Natalie, Senator and Mrs. McCain left their home here in Phoenix about three hours ago to go to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He had tested the Mayo Clinic yesterday and today he's scheduled to receive the results of those tests.

Now the tests that he had, dermatologists tell us that they're designed to see if the cancer has spread from the surface of the skin into the body. And his prognosis will really depend on that.

When melanoma is just on the surface of the skin, there's approximately a 96 percent cure rate; however, when it goes to other parts of the body, there's only a 12 percent cure rate.

Now he's scheduled to come -- he's scheduled to meet with his doctors today and then we'll find out more about what his prognosis will be.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, Phoenix, Arizona.

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