Former President Carter will undergo radiation for brain cancer

Jimmy Carter
FILE - In this July 10, 2015, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter is seen in Philadelphia. Carter announced he has been diagnosed with cancer in a brief statement issued Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

ATLANTA (AP) – Former President Jimmy Carter says cancer that first was discovered as a tumor on his liver also is on his brain, and he will undergo radiation treatment.

Carter said Thursday at a news conference in his first public remarks since his diagnosis that he would undergo the first treatment later that day.

Carter also says he will cut back “fairly dramatically” on his work at the Carter Center.

Carter says a tumor showed up in an MRI after he sought treatment at Emory hospital in Atlanta. He says he first felt sick while he was in Guyana in May to monitor an election.

He says he underwent surgery to remove the tumor on his liver on Aug. 3.

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