Jimmy Carter Says He Is Cancer-Free

ATLANTA (AP) -

Jimmy Carter said Sunday that his most recent brain scan showed no signs of cancer, more than three months after he began treatment for four melanoma tumors.

“My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones,” Carter said in a statement.

The two-sentence statement followed reports that he had shared the good news with a Sunday school class at a church in Carter’s hometown of Plains, Georgia.

“I went to the doctors this week for the second time,” Carter said in a video posted by NBC News. “The first time I went for an MRI of my brain, the four places were still there but they were responding to the treatment. And when I went this week, they didn’t find any cancer at all. So I have good news.”

Carter smiled slightly as people in the congregation respond with “ah’s” and applause.

“So a lot of people prayed for me, and I appreciate that,” Carter said.

Carter, 91, announced in August that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that spread to his brain. Doctors removed a portion of his liver and found four small tumors on his brain. He received a round of radiation targeted at those tumors and doses of Keytruda every three weeks.

Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, told The Associated Press earlier Sunday in a text message that his grandfather on Friday “told me that the doctors couldn’t find any cancer in his most recent scan.”