Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter revealed that a recent liver surgery showed that he has cancer, and that it has spread to other parts of his body.
‘Cancer That Now Is In Other Parts Of My Body’
On August 3, Carter announced that he underwent liver surgery to remove a small mass from the organ.
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said in the statement, as reported by Yahoo News.
“I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.”
He further said that he will divulge more “when facts are known, possibly next week”.
President Barack Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama hope that Carter makes a speedy recovery.
In a statement, Obama said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before. Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you.”
Several other notable personalities took to social media to express their hopes that Carter recovers from the illness.
Wishing President Carter a full & speedy recovery as he undergoes treatment for cancer.
— John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) August 12, 2015
Thinking about Pres. Carter, Rosalynn, and the whole family as he undergoes cancer treatment. Dems across the country are pulling for you.
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) August 12, 2015
Sad to hear the news about President Carter. Will be praying for him and his family.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 12, 2015
Dianne and I send our heartfelt prayers to Jimmy Carter and his family as they navigate through this difficult time together.
— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) August 12, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to President Jimmy Carter @CarterLibrary. We hope for his full recovery and return to his inspiring work.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 12, 2015
39th President Of The United States
Carter served as the 39th president of the United States and was elected in 1976.
After his departure from office four years later – where he was outvoted by Ronald Reagan – he has been closely involved with humanitarian issues with Carter Center, which he founded with an aim to carry out human rights efforts and political mediation, as reported by BBC.
Carter is also credited with negotiating a 1994 nuclear disarmament pact with North Korea. In recent years, he also visited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his work with human rights, promoting economic and social programs and his efforts in finding solutions to international conflicts.
In May, he was forced to return early from a trip to Ghana, where he was visiting to observe elections, because he was “not feeling well.”
His book, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, was released in July.
History Of Cancer In Family
According to CNN, Carter’s family has had a history of pancreatic cancer, which killed his father, brother and two sisters. His mother suffered from breast cancer, which eventually spread to her pancreas.
“If you’ve got pancreatic cancer, you die. Absolutely,” Carter had said in 2008.
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