Former President Jimmy Carter is slated to begin radiation treatment for several melanoma spots on his brain Thursday afternoon, he said at a news conference in Atlanta.
Carter, 90, told reporters he had a mass removed from his liver on Aug. 3, which he learned was melanoma.
“I’ll be prepared for anything that comes,” he said.
His family has a history of pancreatic cancer. His father, both his sisters and his brother died of pancreatic cancer, and his mother had pancreatic cancer as well.
Carter, who has been active since leaving the Oval Office, has worked with groups such as Habitat for Humanity, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 and founding the nonprofit Carter Center in his home state of Georgia.
He said he will step back from his work at the Carter Center. However, he will continue attending some meetings and sign letters as well as other lighter duties.
“I can’t really anticipate how I’ll be feeling obviously,” he said of his expectation of radiation treatments which are expected to initially include several rounds over the next few months before doctors re-evaluate
He expects that other cancers will be discovered as treatment progresses.
” I just thought I had a few weeks left. But I was surprisingly at ease. I’ve had a wonderful life, I’ve had thousands of friends, and I’ve had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence,” Carter said of his feelings after an MRI found the melanoma on his brain. “So I was surprisingly at ease. Much more so than my wife was. But now I feel that you know that it’s in the hands of God and my worship, and I’ll be prepared for anything that comes.”
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr., a practicing Christian was born October 1, 1924. He is an American politician, author, and member of the United States Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.
Carter, raised in rural Georgia, was a peanut farmer who served two terms as a Georgia State Senator, from 1963 to 1967, and one as the Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975. He was elected President in 1976, defeating incumbent president Gerald Ford in a very close election.