Recent tests show President Jimmy Carter is responding well to treatment for cancer with no evidence of new tumors.
The former U.S. president’s spokeswoman, Deanna Congileo issued a statement confirming that doctors at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute told Carter that “recent tests have shown there is no evidence of new malignancy, and his original problem is responding well to treatment,” adding that Carter will continue being monitored by tests.
Dr. Sapna Patel, a melanoma specialist who has no role in Carter’s treatment, told The Associated Press that the statement gives “a lot of reason to be optimistic.”
“We couldn’t infer necessarily that the cancer is gone, but nothing is spreading, nothing is growing, nothing is worsening,” she said. “This is considered really good news, if after a few short months, nothing is growing … and there doesn’t appear to be any new cancer.”
Patel added that Carter’s immune therapy will likely continue for one to two years depending on how he responds.
The Associated Press adds that:
Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, said the doctors’ report is “the best news possible” for a patient in Carter’s situation. The statement doesn’t mean Carter no longer has cancer but that doctors did not find any evidence of growth after a careful search, Lichtenfeld said.
“We certainly hope the president will continue on his current course,” he said. “At this point, it appears his treatment has been as effective as possible.”
This news comes on the heels of an earlier NBC News report that “Jimmy Carter resumed his role as Habitat for Humanity’s most prominent booster on Monday [November 2, 2015], donning a white hard hat and a worn leather belt stocked with his own tools to hammer and saw with other volunteers building a home in Memphis, Tennessee.”
Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are well known for their work as volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, a Georgia-based philanthropy that helps low-income working people around the world to build and buy their own homes and access clean water.
As NBC News reports, “the Carters have personally been involved with 3,943 projects in 14 countries for the group, which has helped five million people with home construction and repairs.”
We wish Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, and their many friends and family members the very best in the upcoming months and years.
And in the meantime, you can show your appreciation for this remarkable man by visiting and joining the Facebook page, ‘Honoring Jimmy Carter,’ which has garnered over 100k members/likes and counting.