Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, 90, announced on Wednesday that he has cancer. Discovered during a surgical procedure he was undergoing, Carter said the cancer has already spread throughout his body.
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said in his statement. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.”
Carter released his statement through the Carter Center in Atlanta, and it said little else. He did add that he would provide more information next week “when facts are known.”
The 39th U.S. president, Carter, a Democrat, held office from January of 1971 until January of 1975. Since holding office he has been an author and through the Carter Center, involved in humanitarian efforts including projects promoting peace around the globe. For his work toward peace, Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Tributes and well wishes have been sent to Carter and posted online since his announcement. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama were among those sending him their best and wishing him recovery.
“Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you,” Barack Obama said in a statement.
While 90, Carter is not the oldest living former U.S. President; George H.W. Bush Sr. is 91.