Former President Jimmy Carter no longer needs cancer treatment

Published 3:28 PM EST, Sun March 6, 2016
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President Carter now does not need to be treated for cancer

In December, Carter said he was cancer-free

(CNN) —  

The news keeps getting better for former President Jimmy Carter.

Carter revealed Sunday that he no longer needs to receive treatment for cancer.

The 91-year-old made the announcement at the Sunday school class he teaches in Plains, Georgia.

Carter will “continue scans and resume treatment if necessary,” said Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo.

The former President first announced last August that a deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, which was first found in his liver, had spread to his brain. Carter initially said he thought he had only weeks to live when he first learned of the diagnosis. He left his fate “in the hands of God, whom I worship.”

Carter was treated via surgery, radiation and a relatively new form of immunotherapy.

In November, Carter’s doctors at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta said his treatment had gone well – with no signs the cancer has spread.

Carter was declared cancer-free in December 2015.

He received cancer treatments from August through February 2016, according to Congileo.

CNN’s Eric Bradner and Vivian Kuo contributed to this report.