The cancer discovered in former President Jimmy Carter’s liver has spread to his brain, he announced Thursday during a press conference in Atlanta.
While doctors thought an operation earlier this month had removed all the cancer in Carter’s liver, an MRI scan later found four new spots of melanoma on his brain. The cancer, Carter said, “is likely to show up in other places in my body.”
“I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” Carter said, adding that his situation is “in the hands of God.”
He will begin radiation treatment immediately.
Carter, who at age 90 is the second-oldest living president behind George H.W. Bush, said he plans to cut back his work for the Carter Center “fairly dramatically,” though he would continue to make calls and sign letters for donations.