Sen. John McCain is “stabilizing” and has a healthy appetite and sense of humor, according to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, who recently spent time with the Arizona Republican as he battles brain cancer.

Graham (R-S.C.) was with McCain in Arizona on Monday and Tuesday, he told reporters in the Capitol. He said they spent time watching movies and talking about the future. They also talked about international relations, discussing the Middle East, he said.

“Don’t believe what you read in the paper,” said Graham, who is a close friend of McCain. “I was concerned when I went. I’m thinking now about my next trip. No talking about funerals.”

McCain has been absent from the Senate since late last year. Last summer he was diagnosed with a tumor called a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer with a generally poor prognosis.

Graham said he and McCain watched the movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and provided their own “R-rated commentary.”

“You want to figure out John McCain, watch ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ — that tells you all you need to know about me and him,” Graham said.

Graham ended his visit encouraged, he said.

“He’s got a healthy appetite, healthy sense of humor, stabilizing,” Graham said. “Great visit. We laughed, we cried.”