Former US President Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain

By David Boddiger

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that the cancer doctors discovered earlier this year, on his liver, has spread to his brain and that he will receive his first radiation treatment for the disease on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” Carter said at a news conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

Carter, 90, said that doctors found “four spots of melanoma on my brain — small spots” after first discovering cancer during an Aug. 3 operation to remove a tumor from his liver.

During that surgery, Carter said, doctors suspected that the cancer had originated in other parts of his body. They later discovered the melanoma spots, about “two millimeters” in size, on his brain.

Doctors removed about one-tenth of his liver during the surgery, which he said healed quickly and left him with “minimal pain.”

He will undergo four courses of radiation to treat the cancer in his brain.

Carter said doctors will continue to scan his body for cancer, in an effort to determine where the melanoma originated.

According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “one of the most common primary tumors to spread to the brain is malignant melanoma. In nearly 50 percent of people with melanoma that … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times