With Cancer Spreading To Brain, Jimmy Carter Will Begin Radiation Treatment

August 20, 2015 10:18 a.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday that he will begin radiation treatment for melanoma on Thursday afternoon.

Carter was diagnosed with melanoma after doctors removed a mass from his liver. And doctors later found four spots of melanoma in his brain, Carter said during a Thursday press conference.

The former president said that he “was surprisingly at ease” when he found out about the diagnosis. He said he feels good, and that despite some slight pain, he hasn’t experienced any additional “weakness.”

Carter said he will cut back “dramatically” on his obligations at The Carter Center. He said that he will continue to help with fundraising and will attend board of trustees meetings, but that he will eventually hand the center over to his grandson, Jason Carter.

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