Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter reflected on his life’s work during a press conference Thursday morning in which he discussed his cancer diagnosis.

Media trucks lined up outside the Carter Center early Thursday morning to cover the live press conference.
Media trucks lined up outside the Carter Center early Thursday morning to cover the live press conference.
All cameras focused on former U.S. President Carter
All cameras focused on former U.S. President Carter as he spoke to a packed room of reporters, representing local, national and international media.
Carter said he is following his doctors¿ recommendations and is "perfectly at ease with whatever comes."

Carter said he is following his doctors’ recommendations and is "perfectly at ease with whatever comes."

Carter gave details of his treatment plan, including infusions of an immunotherapy drug and radiation therapy.
Carter gave details of his treatment plan, including infusions of an immunotherapy drug and radiation therapy.
The former president announced that he would cut back on some of his global activities to focus on his treatment.
The former president announced that he would cut back on some of his global activities to focus on his treatment.
Dr. Walter J. Curran, Jr.
Dr. Walter J. Curran, Jr. answers reporters’ questions following former U.S. President Carter's press conference. Curran, executive director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, is one of a team of Winship doctors caring for Carter as he undergoes treatment.
Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jason Carter, who fielded questions from the media following the press conference, will take over as chairman of the board at the Carter Center in November, as previously scheduled.
Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jason Carter, who fielded questions from the media following the press conference, will take over as chairman of the board at the Carter Center in November, as previously scheduled.
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Former President Jimmy Carter discusses cancer diagnosis and treatment

Aug. 21, 2015

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter shared details of his metastatic melanoma cancer diagnosis and treatment during a press conference Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Carter Center.

Carter also described the care and treatment he is receiving from a team of doctors at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University that includes Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship and a radiation oncologist; medical oncologist David H. Lawson, MD, who leads Winship's melanoma program; and Juan M. Sarmiento, MD, the Emory gastrointestinal surgeon who removed a tumor from Carter’s liver in early August. 

Referring to his doctors, Carter said "They have been like a team working very closely with me and I have complete confidence in them."

At the news conference, Carter gave details of his treatment plan, which includes four infusions of the drug pembrolizumab at three-week intervals. In addition, treatment includes one sterotactic radiation treatment, which took place on Aug 20. No other stereotactic radiation treatments are planned at this time.

Carter said he is following his doctors’ recommendations and is "perfectly at ease with whatever comes."

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