Former President Carter acknowledges brain cancer

Mentioning his fate was “in the hands of God,” former President Jimmy Carter announced physicians treating him for cancer had discovered spots of melanoma on his brain.

Carter had surgery to remove a small portion of his liver in early August.

I am perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” Carter said, noting his deep Christian faith. “Now I feel this is in the hands of God.”

Although upbeat but often speaking monotone, the former president held a press conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta and revealed he would begin treatment immediately.  Treatment for Carter’s stage IV melanoma will include both radiation and Pembrolizumab, a drug which treats cancers which cannot be removed through surgery.

Carter’s scheduled treatment is slated to be at three-week intervals.

Noting he did not feel weakness or disability, Carter admitted he would remove himself from the leadership post of the Carter Center and his grandson, Jason, an Atlanta attorney and former member of the Georgia State Senate, would assume the position of CEO at the non-profit foundation.

I am ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure,” Carter added. “I have had an exciting and venturous and gratifying existence.”

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