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Jimmy Carter Announces His Cancer Is Gone

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Just three months after announcing that doctors had detected cancer on his brain, former President Carter told his Sunday School students today that his treatments have apparently been successful and he has been declared cancer free:

Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday his cancer is gone.

Carter, 91, made the announcement near the beginning of the Sunday School class he was teaching at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, a close friend and fellow church member said.

“He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone,” Jill Stuckey said by phone from Maranatha, where Carter was still in the midst of teaching to about 350 people, many of them visitors. “The church, everybody here, just erupted in applause.”

Carter said in August that doctors had found four small melanoma lesions on his brain. The discovery followed the removal of a lesion on his liver that took about ten percent of the organ. He said he would receive four drug treatments, along with radiation therapy, and that he would cut back significantly on his schedule.

Given Carter’s advanced age and the long, devastating history that cancer has had in his family, the announcement he made in August was viewed with much trepidation by many. Regardless of politics, it’s good to see any victory over cancer and here’s hoping that the former President is around for many years to come.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

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  1. anjin-san says:

    The best news I’ve heard today…

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  2. dmhlt says:

    Certainly the best ex-president, if not ever, then at least of my lifetime … and I’m 67 y/o.

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  3. Tyrell says:

    We are glad and thankful for this wonderful news !

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  4. Gustopher says:

    Very good news. He’s a good man, and he’s still out there, doing good, building houses for poor people, and I hope he has many years ahead of him.

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  5. SC_Birdflyte says:

    He’s still got years of good work to be done.

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  6. Hal_10000 says:

    Often disagreed with Carter but he was and is a good man and I’m glad to hear this. Hopefully, we’ll have the privilege of his company for a while longer.

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  7. bill says:

    good news, he’s a good guy….and a terrible ex-prez. – although to be fair he was a terrible prez as well.

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