Jimmy Carter, the second-oldest living former US president, has cancer and will undergo surgery
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter, the 39th US president, said in a statement Wednesday.
“I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.”
No other details about the diagnosis were given.
The Carter Center in Atlanta released a statement on Aug. 3 saying he underwent elective surgery to remove a small mass in his liver, according to Bloomberg.
Carter said Wednesday he will release more information as soon as next week “when facts are known”.
Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for Carter, did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking additional information about the diagnosis.
President Barack Obama said in a statement his “thoughts and prayers” are with Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.
He wished the former president “a fast and full recovery”.
“Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you,” Obama said.
The cancer may have originated in the liver, or elsewhere, and spread, said Charles Fuchs, head of gastrointestinal cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
“People assume that when you find cancer, you’re automatically finding its origin,” he said.
“But sometimes the focal point is actually not the origin, it’s the area of spread.”
Fuchs said that age would not necessarily be a barrier to treatment.
As recently as last month, Carter was speaking publicly as he released his book A Full Life.
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