Former President Jimmy Carter, 90, will begin radiation treatment for several melanoma spots on his brain Thursday afternoon.
Former President described the melanoma on his brain as four “very small spots.”
Carter explained that his health had been under scrutiny since May, when he had a cold while traveling in Guyana, according to NBC News.
The 90-year-old told reporters he had a mass removed from his liver on Aug. 3, which he learned was melanoma.
He would reduce his schedule “fairly dramatically,” added Carter at the news conference in Atlanta.
He will step back from his work at the Carter Center, however he will continue attending some meetings and sign letters as well as other lighter duties, according to NBC News.
“I can’t really anticipate how I’ll be feeling, obviously,” said Carter. “I’ll have to defer quite substantially to my doctors. I just thought I had a few weeks left but I was surprisingly at ease.”
Carter’s father, both his sisters and brother died of pancreatic cancer. Carter’s mother had pancreatic cancer as well.
“I’ve had a wonderful life, I’ve had thousands of friends, and I’ve had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence. So I was surprisingly at ease.”
“Now I feel it’s in the hands of God,” said Carter.