Jimmy Carter to undergo radiation for cancer on his brain

FILE- In this Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter reaches to embrace his brother Billy's widow Sybil while greeting family following service at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter's nieces Mandy Flynn, left, and Jana Carter are also pictured. Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis Thursday, Aug. 20, for the first time since revealing last week that he was ill. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) – Former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that he will begin radiation treatment on cancer that is on multiple spots on his brain.

“I get my first radiation treatment for the melanoma in my brain this afternoon,” Carter said during a news conference where he talked openly about his cancer and how he would cut back on his work with the Carter Center.

Carter, appearing in a dark blazer, red tie and jeans and surrounded by friends and family, said at first he thought the cancer was confined to his liver and that the operation he had earlier this month had completely removed it, “so I was quite relieved.”

But that same afternoon, an MRI showed it was on his brain.

“I just thought I had a few weeks left, but I was surprisingly at ease. I’ve had a wonderful life,” Carter, 90, said.

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