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Pres. Jimmy Carter says latest scans show he is cancer-free

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In a Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown, in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) In a Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown, in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Jimmy Carter says that his most recent brain scan showed no signs of cancer.

The former president said in a statement that he will continue to receive doses of Keytruda, a recently approved auto-immune drug to help his body seek out cancer cells in his body.

Carter says the scan showed no signs of the original cancer "spots" or any new ones.

Carter, 91, announced in August that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that spread to his brain. Doctors removed a portion of his liver and found four small tumors on his brain.

    He received a round of radiation targeted at those tumors and regular doses of Keytruda. Carter has remained active during treatment, continuing his humanitarian work and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

    In November, The Carter Center said the president was responding well to treatment, and there were no signs of new cancer growth.

    President Jimmy Carter's Career

    Jimmy Carter is the second-oldest living former US President, behind George H.W. Bush. Here is a look at Carter's career.

    • 1963-1967: Georgia Senator
    • 1971-1975: Georgia Governor
    • 1977-1981: 39th President of the United States
    • 1982: Founded the Carter Center
    • 2002: Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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