WASHINGTON: Former US president Jimmy Carter says recent liver surgery revealed that he has cancer that has spread to other parts of his body.
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said in a statement released by the Carter Center on Wednesday.
“I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare,” he added.
The 90-year-old statesman, who travels around the world to support humanitarian causes, underwent surgery to remove a small mass in his liver on August 3.
The Carter statement revealed that the cancer is widely spread but not where it originated, but it said more information will be released when more facts are known, “possibly next week.”
Following Carter’s announcement, President Barack Obama expressed his good wishes, saying he and his wife Michelle Obama wish Carter a fast and full recovery.
“Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you,” Obama said in a statement released on Wednesday.
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