People in the News Jimmy Carter

Published on August 21st, 2015 |

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Carter announces cancer spread to his brain; will focus on treatment

A composed former President jimmy Carter faced the media Thursday morning to update the world about his cancer, announcing that the melanoma that initially was discovered in his liver nas now been discovered as four spots on his brain and may have spread elsewhere.

The briefing attracted an onslaught of national and local media attention and Carter carefully disclosed how he had been diagnosed with melanoma. After the mass on his liver other scans have since discovered four spots on his brain, and it is possible that the cancer is in other parts of his body.

But he said he was following his doctors’ recommendations regarding treatment – chemotherapy and radiation – and that he would have to curtail his work at the Carter Center to focus on fighting the cancer.

“I’m going to cut down fairly dramatically on my obligations,” said Carter, who then quickly added that the Carter Center’s work would continue thanks to a “sizable” $600 million endowment that has been built up.

“The Carter Center is well prepared to continue on without any handicap if Rosalynn and I back away,” he said.

Carter also disclosed that his grandson, Jason Carter, would become chair of the Carter Center board in November, replacing longtime trustee Oz Nelson, the retired CEO of UPS.

“I’m perfectly at ease with what may come,” Carter said. “I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t go into an attitude of despair. I’m ready for anything. I’m looking forward to a new adventure.”

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