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Former President Carter says he will 'cut back dramatically' on public schedule

Doctors found cancer in former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's liver and brain.
Doctors found cancer in former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's liver and brain.
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Former President Jimmy Carter, 90, said he and his wife Rosalynn are going to "cut back dramatically" on their public schedule as Carter begins chemotherapy later today.

During a press conference in Atlanta, Carter said doctors found melanoma that had spread to his liver and his brain. Ninety-eight percent of that kind of cancer shows up on the skin. Two-percent shows up inside the body.

Carter said doctors first detected a small mass in his liver. When they scanned his neck and brain after surgery to remove the mass in his liver, they found four other spots in his brain.

"I just thought I had a few weeks left," he said. "But I was surprisingly at ease. I've had a wonderful life... I've got thousands of friends."

Surprisingly at ease, he repeated. "Much more than my wife."

Carter said that his future is now in the "hands of God and my worship. And I'll be prepared for it if it comes."

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