President Carter has melanoma in brain, stepping back from duties during treatment

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ATLANTA, Ga. (WRBL) – By looking at him, you wouldn’t know he has cancer, but it’s a battle he’s been fighting since May.

President Jimmy Carter had a cold and at that checkup, a MRI revealed melanoma on his liver.

That tumor has been removed, but more scans showed melanoma on his brain.

Despite his diagnosis, President Carter said he’s at ease with whatever comes and he doesn’t have an attitude of anger or despair.

“I’ve had a wonderful life, thousands of friends and I’ve had an exciting and adventurous existence, so I was surprisingly at ease,” Carter said.

Carter is taking a step back from his duties at Emory University and his grandson, Jason Carter, will take over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Carter Center.

“Then of course, if he wants me to give him some advice, I’ll be glad to do that,” Carter joked.

Support of family and friends, Carter said, makes things a little easier.

Looking back on his illustrious career, it’s a woman, not an act of presidency, that makes him most proud.

“The best thing I ever did was marry Rosa,” Carter said. “That’s the pinnacle of my life…that’s the best thing that’s happened to me.”

Carter added that he is confident in his doctors and they’ve all been working together as a team.

Doctors will continue to scan other parts of Carter’s body to see if the cancer is spreading. That will take place over the next couple of months.

Carter will also be receiving radiation treatments.Copyright 2015 WRBL. All rights reserved.

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