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Jimmy Carter says he’s cancer-free

Jimmy Carter speaks during the 53rd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at the Omni Hotel on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 in Nashville,Tenn.
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The former US president says treatments have worked.
By Ian Kar
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Jimmy Carter’s cancer is gone, the former US president announced on Sunday (Dec. 6).

In August, the former US president told the world that doctors found cancer in his brain. He underwent radiation therapy and other medical treatments to battle against the illness.

“My most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots nor any new ones. I will continue to receive regular three-week immunotherapy treatments of pembrolizumab,” Carter said in a statement to CNN.

The 91-year-old first announced his new diagnosis to a Sunday school class he was teaching in Plains, Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Contitution.

“He said he got a scan this week and the cancer was gone. The church, everybody here, just erupted in applause,”  churchgoer and Jill Stuckey told the outlet.

The 39th US president, Carter had following his diagnosis cut back his numerous activities, which include teaching Sunday School and working with Habitat for Humanity. Last month, the Carter Center said that doctors said he was responding to treatment well and that the cancer hadn’t spread.

Carter’s family was understandably excited by the announcement. His grandson Jason Carter said “See? I knew he wasn’t really human.”

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