Jimmy Carter says latest brain scan shows no cancer

In a Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown, in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter says his most recent brain scan showed no signs of cancer.

The former president said in a statement Sunday that he will continue to receive doses of Keytruda, a recently approved auto-immune drug to help his body seek out cancer cells in his body.

Carter said the scan showed no signs of the original cancer “spots” or any new ones.

Carter, 91, announced in August that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that spread to his brain. Doctors removed a portion of his liver and found four small tumors on his brain.

The former president apparently shared the good news on Sunday with those filling the congregation of Maranatha Baptist Church for one of his regular Sunday school lessons. Jill Stuckey, a church member who helps organize Carter’s lessons, said in a phone interview that Carter told the congregation a brain scan this week showed no cancer.

Stuckey said people filling the sanctuary applauded after Carter’s announcement.

“Our prayers have been answered,” Stuckey said. “I can’t think of a better Christmas present.”

Carter has remained active, volunteering on a building project with Habitat for Humanity and continuing to work at The Carter Center, the human rights organization he founded after leaving the White House.

 

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