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Jimmy Carter makes an amazing surprise announcement Sunday at a Sunday school class he often teaches.
President Jimmy Carter, aged 91, announced on Sunday that an MRI scan from last week showed that his cancer is gone.
NBC News reports that the former president “announced the good news to attendees of a Sunday school class he often teaches at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.”
“I have been treated for my cancer with a new medicine that has been developed in just the last few years. I have melanoma, which 98 percent of the time is a skin cancer, as you might know,” Carter told the class, joking that: “2 percent of the time – according to Google – it’s inside and I can attest to that because I had cancer in my liver and also 4 places in my brain.”
President Carter continued, explaining that he had been using a newly developed medicine called pembrolizumab. Joking with the class attendees, he instructed them: “I want all of you to remember that name if you will. Pembrolizumab.”
Explaining that his first MRI since beginning the treatments showed the four cancerous places in his brain “were still there,” but were “responding to the treatment,” Carter went on to make his startling announcement amid gasps and applause.
“When I went [for an MRI] this week they didn’t find any cancer at all,” Carter said, adding: “So I have good news. So a lot of people prayed for me, and I appreciate that.”
The Carter Center put out a statement on behalf of the former president later on Sunday:
My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones. I will continue to receive regular 3-week immunotherapy treatments of pembrolizumab.