Jimmy Carter announces cancer has spread to his brain, radiation treatment starts Thursday

FILE- In this Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter reaches to embrace his brother Billy's widow Sybil while greeting family following service at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter's nieces Mandy Flynn, left, and Jana Carter are also pictured. Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis Thursday, Aug. 20, for the first time since revealing last week that he was ill. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) – Former President Jimmy Carter said his cancer has spread to his brain and that he will receive his first radiation treatment Thursday.

Carter held a news conference Thursday morning in Atlanta.

The 90-year-old announced this month that recent liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. The three-sentence statement didn’t identify the type of cancer or where it originated.

Carter was the nation’s 39th president, defeating Gerald Ford in 1976. Ronald Reagan succeeded him in 1980 after a landslide victory. Carter rebuilt his career as a humanitarian, founding the Carter Center in 1982 to focus on global health care and democracy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

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