Jimmy Carter Announces He’s Cancer-Free

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter announced he is cancer-free Jemal Countess/Getty Images

A big sigh of relief. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter declared he is free of cancer in his brain on Sunday, Dec. 6.

“Went for an MRI this past week and they [doctors] didn’t find any cancer at all in the brain,” Carter, 91, told attendees at a Sunday school class he teaches at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga.

Stephanie Wynn, who has attended the congregation for 12 years, confirmed the good news to CNN.

In August, Carter revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," Carter wrote in a statement on his website. "A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week."

Doctors at the time told the Associated Press that his prognosis was “very good.”

The former Georgia senator and 39th president — who was elected to the White House in 1976 and held office from 1977 to 1981 — underwent treatment at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta. He was told by his doctors last month that treatments were going “very well.”

The former president has been married to former first lady Rosalynn Carter since 1946. The couple has four children together.

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