Jimmy Carter Announces Cancer Has Spread To His Brain

| by Ethan Brown

Former President Jimmy Carter revealed Aug. 20 that doctors have confirmed that cancer was found on his brain and that he would begin radiation treatments to fight the disease later Thursday.

During a press conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia (Carter’s home state), the 39th President announced that four melanoma spots had been discovered on his brain and that a second cancerous mass had been removed from his liver during a surgery on Aug. 3, the New York Times reported.

“I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” Carter said. “I do have a deep religious faith, which I’m very grateful for.” However, when he first learned of the cancer spreading to his brain, he thought that he “had just a few weeks left.”

Earlier this year, doctors watched Carter closely after he caught a cold while traveling in Guyana. It was after his return to the state that doctors found the mass on his liver. Because of a book tour promoting his autobiography, a surgery to remove the cancerous mass was delayed until late summer.

Carter will receive four treatments of radiation at three-week intervals while also receiving another treatment intravenously. He also stated that the pain he felt has been “very slight” thus far and that the cancer had not spread to his pancreas, which is how his father and three siblings all passed away.

Carter, who turns 91 this year, was expected to travel to Nepal to build houses with Habitat for Humanity later in the year. Instead, members of his family may have to take his place, he stated.

The former commander-in-chief also revealed that he had received phone calls from former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush as well as President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.

“It was the first time they’ve called me in a long time,” Carter said jokingly.

After a tumultuous presidency during the Iran hostage crisis, a weakened economy and controversy with the Panama Canal, Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election. However, Carter has since been praised for his humanitarian work, particularly in his home state of Georgia. He would earn a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for assisting in defusing nuclear tensions in North Korea, Yahoo! News noted.

Sources: Yahoo! News, The New York Times / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Commonwealth Club