Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has announced that he has liver cancer. This unfortunate news comes just weeks after the 90-year-old had a surgery to remove a small mass on his liver. The politician, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner stated, “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.”
Jimmy Carter left office in 1981 and has been active ever since in both international and American politics. Due to recent health issues, his overseas trips have been cut short. Even in May, he got out of Guyana earlier than expected and flew home to Atlanta, as he felt unwell.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Len Litchenfeld, sent his thoughts and heartfelt prayers to “President Carter.” He also adds that they do not know where the cancer originated, but are working on it to determine the kind of treatment he requires.
Current U.S. President, Barack Obama, also showed support for Carter in a statement: “Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you.” The White House also said that President Obama, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to Carter personally on the phone.
Carter was the 39th U.S. President and served between 1977 and 1981. His successor was Ronald Reagan. The former president grew up as the son of a peanut farmer without electricity or plumbing in his Plains, Georgia home. Three of Carter’s siblings, along with his father, passed of pancreatic cancer.
Collman, A., et al., “‘Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you’: Obama’s heartfelt message to former President Carter hours after he revealed cancer diagnosis,” Daily Mail web site, August 13, 2015; http://goo.gl/UUZIsD.