A year in the life: Jimmy Carter shares his cancer experience

Emory Winship | July 11, 2016

In recognition of scientific progress and the role Winship has played in advancing cancer research and treatment, President Jimmy Carter videotaped this message that was played at the Winship Gala held on April 30.

It's been barely a year since Winship doctors removed a tumor on the President's liver and found four additional tumors on his brain.

As cancer survivors know, a lot can happen in a year.

Molecular testing done on the liver tumor led to a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma. President Carter shared that information with the world via a packed press conference at The Carter Center on August 20, 2015. He also told the assembled media that his doctors had recommended an advanced radiation treatment that would target the brain tumors, and an immunotherapy drug recently approved for treating metastatic melanoma.

After revealing his cancer diagnosis and treatment plan, President Carter shared his progress by giving regular updates to his Sunday school class in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. In December, he told his church class that a recent brain scan showed no sign of cancer. In early March, he told them he no longer needed immunotherapy treatments.

In recognition of scientific progress and the role Winship has played in advancing cancer research and treatment, President Jimmy Carter videotaped a message (above) that was played at the Winship Gala held on April 30.

Originally posted in the Spring 2016 issue of Winship Cancer Magazine.