Former President Jimmy Carter shares details of his cancer treatment with his church group, saying he intends to keep teaching there ''as long as I'm able''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Former President Jimmy Carter returned on Sunday to Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia where he often teaches Bible study. It came days after he announced that he was battling the skin cancer melanoma, which has spread to his liver and brain. The church was apparently packed more than usual with worshippers following news of his cancer and Carter jokingly asked the congregation whom among them was a visitor. That promoted people to call out the names of states as far as Ohio and Maryland. Carter started the Bible study session by sharing some general medical details of his cancer treatment, which included removing a portion of his liver and radiation treatment on the brain. "So I'm back now and I intend to keep on teaching here at Maranatha as long as I'm able," Carter said. Cancer experts have expressed hope for the former president after learning that his melanoma would be treated with Merck & Co's Keytruda, a new treatment that harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer.