Jimmy Carter gets optimistic update on cancer treatment

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  • Jimmy Carter's cancer has stopped spreading, The Carter Center said
  • Carter's cancer "is responding well to treatment," the center said, citing Carter's doctors

Washington (CNN)Former President Jimmy Carter's cancer has stopped spreading and is "responding well to treatment," The Carter Center in Atlanta said in a statement Tuesday.

Carter, 91, announced in August that four spots of cancer had spread to his brain.
On Tuesday, Carter's presidential library, citing his doctors, said his treatment at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta has gone well.
    "President Carter has received good news from his Winship Cancer Institute doctors," The Carter Center said.
    "They tell him that recent tests have shown there is no evidence of new malignancy, and his original problem is responding well to treatment. Further tests will continue."
    Carter said in August that he initially thought he only had weeks to live -- but that even as his doctors became more optimistic, he was placing his fate in the hands of God.
    "I have had a wonderful life," Carter said then. "I'm ready for anything and I'm looking forward to a new adventure."