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Former President Jimmy Carter Says He's Now Cancer-Free

"When I went [to the doctor] this week, they didn't find any cancer at all," Carter told a Georgia church on Sunday. "So I have good news."

by River Donaghey
Dec 7 2015, 3:08pm

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In August, Jimmy Carter released a statement announcing that he had cancer and was seeking treatment. Now, only a few months later, the 91-year-old former president is in the clear after a brain scan confirmed that he was cancer-free, the Associated Press reports.

"When I went [to the doctor] this week, they didn't find any cancer at all," Carter told a Georgia church on Sunday. "So I have good news."

Carter had been taking a newly-approved cancer drug called Keytruda along with the standard radiation treatment, and will continue to take doses of the drug every three weeks while doctors continue to scan his body for new cancer cells.

"The majority of patients can tolerate these drugs extremely well, even patients of an advanced age," Dr. Douglas Johnson, a Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center melanoma specialist, told the AP. "It's very different from traditional chemotherapy."

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