Former US President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday that his melanoma, a form of skin cancer, has spread to his brain.
Carter, 91, said that the cancer was spotted in four areas of his brain and there is a likelihood of it to “show up other places in my body,”
At a news conference, he said that he will be undergoing radiation treatments and injections to fight the cancer. His cancer came to light after he underwent a surgery to remove a “small mass” from his liver.
‘I haven’t felt any weakness or disability’
“I thought it was confined to my liver, and the operation had already removed it,” Carter, the 39th president of the United States, said at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
“I feel good. I haven’t felt any weakness or disability.”
He also said that he had “complete confidence” in the doctors he is receiving treatment from.
“I’m going to cut back fairly dramatically on my obligations,” Carter said.
According to National Journal, Carter will be undergoing four treatments at three-week intervals.
‘I’ll be prepared for it when it comes’
He said that he has lived “a wonderful life” when reporters asked how he reacted to the news of his cancer.
“I have got thousands of friends and I have had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence, so I was surprisingly at ease,” he said. “Much more so than my wife was. But now I feel, you know, it’s in the hands of God and my worship, and I’ll be prepared for it when it comes.”
The Carter Center had said in a statement that Carter’s prognosis, when he underwent the surgery, was “excellent.” However, on August 12 he announced the cancer had spread.
As reported by The Guardian, Carter’s family – sisters, a brother and parents – also died as a result of pancreatic cancer. His mother’s cancer began as breast cancer, and eventually spread to her pancreas.
Carter said that he informed his wife about his potential illness in June.
“I found out toward the end of May that I had a spot on my liver that was suspect,” he said. “I didn’t tell Rosalynn until about the 15th of June. When I found out that I had definitely cancer, key members of my family came in to the Carter Center and I gave them a briefing.”
The cancer fight ‘won’t be tough on my part’
When asked about his regrets and what he could’ve done differently during his tenure as president, he said, “I wish I had sent one more helicopter to get the hostages and we would have rescued them, and I would have been reelected,” referring to the Iran hostage crisis.
“But that may have … interfered with the foundation of the Carter Center, and if I had to choose between four more years and the Carter Center, I think I would choose the Carter Center.”
He said his cancer fight “won’t be tough on my part.”
“I’m an acquiescent and cooperating patient, and within the bounds of my judgment, I will do what the doctors recommend to extend my life as much as possible,” he said.
“So I don’t look on this as any hard hardship on me.”
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