At a press conference in Atlanta, Carter says he has been diagnosed with melanoma, a skin cancer that has progressed to his brain and liver, and he will begin a course of radiation therapy today to combat it. Doctors say four small spots of melanoma on his brain are treatable. His surgeons removed the cancer from his liver in an operation earlier this month. He thanks his wife, Rosalynn, then his Emory Healthcare doctors and then the large numbers of well-wishers who have expressed their support for him.
Carter says that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. He does not say where the cancer had spread. The Carter Center in Atlanta says that he had undergone elective surgery at Emory University Hospital to remove a small mass in his liver. It adds that the operation had proceeded without issues and that the prognosis was excellent for a full recovery.
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.
Carter wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.