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Jimmy Carter says his cancer spread to liver and brain

8 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, August 20 2015 Aug 20, 2015 August 20, 2015 11:15 AM August 20, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

ATLANTA -  Former President Jimmy Carter says his cancer has shown up in his liver and on his brain and that he will undergo radiation treatment.

Carter said Thursday in his first public remarks since his diagnosis that the cancer was first discovered as a tumor on his liver. On Aug. 3, he says, he underwent surgery to remove the tumor. He says about one-tenth of his liver was removed.

But he says that later, four spots of melanoma were found on his brain. He says he will have his first radiation treatment Thursday afternoon.

He says no cancer has been found on his pancreas or any other part of his body so far. He says doctors are monitoring closely.

He says he will cut back "fairly dramatically" on work at his Carter Center in Atlanta. Several family members died of pancreatic cancer. He says treatment will be his top priority.

Carter says he is not feeling despair or anger over his health. He says he feels good, with only slight pain.

He says: "I'm perfectly at ease with whatever comes. I'm ready for anything. I'm looking forward to a new adventure."

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