Jimmy Carter announced during his regular Sunday School classes that he no longer needs treatment for cancer. This news comes less than seven months after revealing he had been diagnosed with melanoma that spread to his brain.
Carter had a mass removed from his liver on Aug. 3rd. Cancer spread in other parts of his body
Carter, 91, shared the news at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
Carter always starts his lessons with a brief update on his recent activities. This week, Carter told the class, he received an MRI lasting more than 2 hours.
“And then the doctors determined that I didn’t need any more treatment,” Carter said. “So I’m not going to have any more treatment.” The members of the church applauded.
“It’s a treatment called immuno-therapy and it removed the obstacles to my own immune system to fight against cancer, basically – it’s kind of complicated,” Carter said. “But it’s worked very well for me and I had an MRI for 2 hours and 10 minutes and then the doctors determined that I didn’t need any more treatment.”
11 Alive reports:
Carter’s spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in an email to the Associated Press that his doctors will continue to perform scans to ensure cancer cells have not returned, and Carter will “resume treatment if necessary.” A spokesman for Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, where Carter has been treated, declined to comment on Sunday, citing patient privacy.
Carter’s treatment plan for the aggressive form of cancer including a round of targeted radiation at several tumors on his brain and doses of an immune-boosting drug every three weeks from August through February. The drug, Keytruda, was approved not long before Carter’s announcement and helps his body seek out and destroy cancer cells.
During his treatment, Carter continued to teach Sunday School class, participated in a building project with Habitat for Humanity and continued work at the Carter Center. In December, just hours after his grandson’s death, Jimmy Carter walked into his church to teach Sunday School.