On Wednesday, Former President Jimmy Carter, 90, announced that he has Advanced Cancer which has spread throughout his body, although, it is still unsure of what exact cancer it is.
On Monday, Carter had a mass removed from his liver.
“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,” said Carter. “A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.”
On Aug. 3, The Carter Center said that doctors at Emory University Hospital had performed an elective procedure on Carter “to remove a small mass in his liver.” At the time, Carter’s office said that “the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery,” according to The New York Times.
James Earl Carter was the 39th president of the United States and left in 1981. He has been among the most active figures in American public life, but his health has been an issue for the passed several months.
On May 10, Mr. Carter cut short a visit to Guyana because he was “not feeling well.” But concerns about his condition faded after he appeared in public two days later, according to The New York Times.
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, according to NBC News.
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.
In 2007, Carter told the New York Times that he had CT scans twice a year and later MRI to look for tumors in his pancreas.
Advanced Cancer is known to be Stage IV, which is usually incurable, although, it can be treated, depending on the type.