Jimmy Carter says he has cancer, revealed by recent surgery
ATLANTA - Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, says "Our thoughts and prayers go out to President Carter."
Lichtenfeld says, "There's a lot we don't know," but the first task likely will be determining where the cancer originated, as that can help determine what treatment he may be eligible for. Sometimes the primary site can't be determined, so genetic analysis of the tumor might be done to see what mutations are driving it and what drugs might target those mutations.
He adds, "Given the president's age, any treatments, their potential and their impacts, will undoubtedly be discussed carefully with him and his family."
Former President Jimmy Carter announced Wednesday afternoon he has cancer and will undergo treatment at an Atlanta hospital.
Carter was the nation's 39th president.