Eternal thorn in Israel’s side, Jimmy Carter, reveals he has advanced cancer
Former President Jimmy Carter says he has cancer that has spread, although it’s not yet clear what kind of cancer he has.
Carter, 90, had a mass removed from his liver on Aug. 3.
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week,” Carter said in a statement.
James Earl Carter Jr. was 39th president of the United States, from 1977 to 1981. He’s kept active despite his age, working with groups such as Habitat for Humanity, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 and founding the nonprofit Carter Center in his home state of Georgia.
Carter’s family has a history of pancreatic cancer. His father, both his sisters and his brother died of pancreatic cancer, and his mother had pancreatic cancer as well.
In 2007, Carter told The New York Times that he had CT scans twice a year and later MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to look for tumors in his pancreas.
In May, Carter left Guyana early from a stint monitoring elections there, saying he was feeling unwell.
Pancreatic cancer can spread to other organs, including the liver, and cancer can also originate in the liver and spread elsewhere. Carter did not give details of what type of cancer he has or how far it has spread.
However, when cancer spreads from one organ to elsewhere in the body, it is considered Stage IV cancer
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