Date
20 July 2017
Jimmy Carter says he will cut back on his activities while undergoing treatment but hopes to continue his work for the Carter Center. Photo: Reuters
Jimmy Carter says he will cut back on his activities while undergoing treatment but hopes to continue his work for the Carter Center. Photo: Reuters

Jimmy Carter: I feel this is in the hands of God

Former US president Jimmy Carter, who has been diagnosed with liver cancer, also has melanoma in his brain and is undergoing treatment that includes immunotherapy and radiation.

More tumors are “likely to show up in other places in my body”, Carter, 90 told a news conference.

He said he thought he had “a few weeks left” when he first learned of the cancer in his brain but said he is now hopeful while being accepting of his condition.

“I feel this is in the hands of God.”   

Carter said he will undergo scans over the next few months to see if the cancer has spread elsewhere, according to the Wall Street Journal.

He said he has melanoma, which is normally a skin cancer but in some cases is found inside the body, and that his doctors don’t know where the cancer originated.

Carter is the second oldest living former president after George H.W. Bush.

Clad in a sport coat, red tie and blue jeans, Carter appeared relaxed, smiling frequently and joking at times as he discussed his condition candidly.

He is being treated at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, a major cancer research and treatment center.

Doctors discovered the tumor in his liver after he cut short a May trip to Guyana where he was observing elections, he said.

They removed the tumor and about a tenth of his liver on Aug. 3.

Carter plans to cut back on his work, which in 35 years of post-presidency has included observing elections in multiple countries, helping build houses for Habitat for Humanity and fighting to eliminate Guinea worm disease.

But he ticked off a long list of activities he plans to continue — meetings with trustees and other leaders at the Carter Center, the human-rights nonprofit he and former first lady Rosalynn Carter founded in 1982; remaining a professor at Emory and teaching in Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Georgia

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