Jimmy Carter Says That He Has Cancer That Has Spread

Carter says that surgery revealed the cancer spread to other parts of his body.

ByABC News
August 12, 2015, 4:41 PM

— -- Former President Jimmy Carter revealed that he has cancer following liver surgery, and said the disease spread to other parts of his body, according to a statement.

"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," the former president, 90, said in a statement today. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.

"A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week."

According to a statement, Carter underwent "elective surgery" at Emory University Hospital last week to remove “a small mass in his liver." The statement did not say whether the mass was suspected be cancerous at the time but simply that "the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery."

There is a history of cancer in Carter's family. His father, two sisters and brother all died of pancreatic cancer. His mother died of breast cancer.

Carter's grandson and former Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter has since taken to Twitter to offer thanks for an outpouring of support for the ill president.

Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981.

After his time in the White House, Carter returned to his native Georgia and founded The Carter Center. The center, based at Emory University, promotes public health care, global conflict resolution and democracy. He has also written dozens of books, ranging from topics of Middle East peace to autobiographical accounts of his life and time as president. His most recent book, "A Full Life," was released following Carter's 90th birthday and is a reflective account of the president's life.