Former President Jimmy Carter, 98, will receive hospice care following a string of hospital visits, the Carter Center announced Saturday.
“After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention,” the Carter Center stated, adding, “He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.”
Carter, a Democrat who served as a one-term president from 1977 to 1981, battled a metastatic melanoma diagnosis in 2015, saying at the time that doctors had discovered the cancer on his liver and brain. After four months of radiation and immunotherapy treatments, Carter announced in December of that year that he was cancer-free.