Jimmy Carter revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer in a press release to the media on Wednesday.
According to the official statement, the 39th President of the United States confirmed the diagnosis after undergoing liver surgery to presumably detect and remove the cancer therein:
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that is now in other parts of my body. 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 the facts are known, possibly next week.”
NBC Nightly News broke the announcement on Twitter shortly after 4:30 p.m. EST:
BREAKING: Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he has been diagnosed with cancer pic.twitter.com/qi1JRm36HR
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 12, 2015
We will update this post as more information becomes available.
UPDATE – 6:15 PM E.S.T President Obama released a statement expressing his sympathies to Carter’s family. They praised Carter to be “as resilient as they come,” and that they hope for his recovery:
JUST IN: Obama releases statement on Jimmy Carter’s cancer diagnosis, says he is as “resilient as they come” pic.twitter.com/H6pyKdylvD
— TheBlazeNOW (@TheBlazeNOW) August 12, 2015
[h/t NBC Nightly News]
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