Former President Carter to Begin Brain Cancer Treatment

MANHASSET, NY – Former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement today that he will begin radiation treatment to fight brain metastases from his melanoma raises awareness and hope for others, says a New York hematology and oncology specialist.

“I personally look up to and thank the President for going public with his cancer,” said George Raptis, MD, executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute.

In early August, the 90-year-old Carter, had an operation to remove a mass in his liver which showed his cancer had spread to other parts of his body. Carter revealed that the cancer had been identified as a melanoma that had spread to four spots in his brain.

“At this time President Carter has announced he has metastatic melanoma,” said Dr. Raptis. “While this remains an incurable disease, there have been tremendous improvements in treating melanoma with targeted therapies that take advantages of this cancer’s genetic vulnerabilities, and others that harness the body’s immune system to fight this cancer more effectively.”

The nation’s 39th president will start treatment later today. Carter told reporters at a press conference this morning in Atlanta that he is "at ease" with the diagnosis, and finds comfort and support in his family and religious faith.

 “In many cases patients may have a significant response to these therapies and in a smaller subset a prolonged response,” said Dr. Raptis. 

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