Although Jimmy Carter’s melanoma has spread to his liver and his brain, the 90-year old former president is far from ready to give up his live without a fight. In fact, the former president is determined to fight the good fight to try and defeat the devastating disease before it defeats him, and has reportedly undergone his first his first infusion of Keytruda Which received FDA approval in September 2014) is said to work by harnessing the immune system to target mutations in genes called PD-1 and PD-L1. These mutations let some tumors escape detection and destruction by immune system cells that normally prevent cancer from spreading in the body. He also told the media during a press conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia that he would submit to targeted radiation to his brain this afternoon.
“I’ll be prepared for anything that comes,” he stated, and appeared to be rather optimistic about his chances, although cancer experts do not believe he can be cured.
Carter served as our nation’s 39th president after defeating incumbant Gerald Ford in 1976, only to lose his bid for re-election to Ronald Reagan. Although not considered to be a “mediocre” president by many historians, Carter’s accomplishments while in office included Carter pardoned all Vietnam War draft evaders; creating 2 new cabinet-level departments, the Department of Energy and the Department of Education; and establishing a national energy policy that included conservation, price control, and new technology. He was also the architect for the Camp David Accords( which resulted in a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize), as well as negotiating the Panama Canal Treaties, and the return of the Canal Zone to Panama; as well as the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II). He also led the International boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow in response to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. However, his popularity waned greatly following the failed attempt to rescue of 52 American hostages taken prisoner at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and kept there for 444 days until January 20, 1981.
Since leaving office, Carter has become a renowned world humanitarian , not only through his work with Habitat for Humanity, but with his Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization he and wife Rosalynn founded in 1982, In partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center works to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering..