Former President Jimmy Carter Reveals He Has Cancer That's Spreading

The 39th U.S. president said "recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body."
2:08 | 08/13/15

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Transcript for Former President Jimmy Carter Reveals He Has Cancer That's Spreading
Now the that announcement from former president Jimmy Carter being ninety year old revealing he has cancer. ABC's Martha Raddatz is in Washington with more on this for us morning mark. Good morning Robin President Carter has remained so active and so engaged in his humanitarian. Work. It's easy to forget he is ninety years old and even more vulnerable to cancer than most of us. Former president Jimmy Carter making the grave announcement in a statement that he has cancer and it has spread. Our 39 president saying. Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer at that now is in other parts of my body Carter did not announce the type of cancer but his father and three siblings all died of pancreatic cancer. And Carter has previously said doctors have been monitoring him for the disease for years he sat down with George just last month. You know you've recently said that you Rosalyn are on prepared and religious and psychological way for what comes next mr. -- get there. Let's hug I'm not eager to get their you know and talk about it but how first of all of them. Just as active now that was Tony fab thirty or forty years ago hopefully not anyone in October. Get out of my travel. Capability and in my veco hit a physical than those gonna die down and then I'll have more time. With rose and at home make a full life even more fall well I think so it's for the best part of my life. Overnight messages of hope pouring in for the peanut farmer from plains Georgia turned champion of human rights. President Obama releasing a statement. Jimmy you're as resilient as they come. And along with the rest of America we are rooting for you. We. Are indeed President Carter says he will now rearrange his busy schedule to undergo treatment. And we'll provide more information about his diagnosis when facts are known possibly next week. Robin and David. And incredible to see that recent interview with George and just how active he is in the early nineties were that are on form we are.

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