On Wednesday, former President Jimmy Carter announced he has cancer.
In a statement released by the 39th president, Carter revealed the cancer has spread to “other parts of his body.”
“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,” read the press release.
Carter, who served in the White House from 1977 to 1981, underwent an elective procedure to remove what was described as a “small mass” from his liver earlier this month. Following the surgery, Carter’s physicians expressed optimism for a full recovery.
Carter, now 90, did not reveal the origin of his cancer or to where it has spread; however, pancreatic cancer claimed the lives of two sisters, Ruth and Gloria, his brother, Billy, his father James Earl Sr. and eventually took his mother’s life.
Since leaving the White House in 1981, Carter has devoted his time to numerous humanitarian missions – founding the Carter Center, his time with Christian Ministry, and attachment to Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a non-profit organization which functions to construct dwellings for the impoverished.
Similarly, Carter has remained active in world affairs as an at-large diplomat involved in trouble spots in Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Additionally, Carter has led delegations to monitor elections around the world.
The Hill Talk extends well wishes to Mr. Carter. We expect him to conquer this illness.
[CNN] [Photo courtesy New York Post]