Cancer treatment for former President Jimmy Carter will depend on its type

Global News

ATLANTA – Determining what treatment to pursue for former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer will depend on its type, its origin and factors such as age and health, doctors said.

Carter, 90, announced Wednesday that recent liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body.

“I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare,” Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center in Atlanta.

The statement indicates that the 39th president’s cancer is widespread but not where it originated, or even whether that is known at this point. The liver is often a place where cancer spreads and less commonly is the primary source of it.

Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said “there’s a lot we don’t know,” but the first task likely will be determining where the cancer…

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