Jimmy Carter is ready for his first cancer treatment.
“I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” the former president told reporters Thursday during a press conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Carter announced last week that doctors discovered a small mass on his liver during a recent surgery, and that it was cancer.
On Thursday, Carter, 90, revealed more: that a scan had found four “very small spots” on his brain, that these spots were diagnosed as melanoma, and that he will undergo radiation treatment on his brain in just a few hours.
The former president spoke candidly for nearly 40 minutes, describing in detail what physicians have planned. Carter said he will receive four treatments scheduled at three-week intervals, and undergo more scans to search for signs of cancer in other parts of his body. Wearing a dark jacket and red tie with white polka dots, Carter appeared jovial, smiling as reporters asked questions and only stopping to take a sip of water a half hour in. The former president sounded like he was describing a new project by his Carter Center, and not a cancer diagnosis. He referred to what’s next for him as “a new adventure.”
“You know, I have had a wonderful life,” Carter said. “I have had an exciting and adventurous and gratifying existence.”