Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has announced that a liver operation he underwent has revealed that he has cancer, and the disease has spread to other parts of his body.
Immediately following the surgery, Emory University Hospital had said on Monday that Carter’s prognosis was “excellent” for a full recovery. News of the updated diagnosis came Wednesday afternoon.
Carter, 90, the 39th U.S. president, had an operation to remove a small mass in his liver.
In another statement released Wednesday, Carter said that he would be undergoing further treatment at Emory Healthcare.
In May, Carter cut short a trip to Guyana after feeling unwell and returned to Atlanta.
He had traveled to the South American country to observe national elections. At the time, the center said only that Carter departed after “not feeling well.”
The center was founded in 1982 by Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University.
Carter, a Democrat, beat incumbent Gerald Ford to become president, serving from 1977 to 1981. He was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan.
Here is the full statement from former President Carter: