ATLANTA —Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis, making his first comments since revealing he has the disease last week.

The Carter Center on Tuesday said Carter will hold a news conference Thursday morning at its offices in Atlanta. The event will be closed to the general public, the statement said.

Carter, 90, announced Aug. 12 that liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. That brief written statement indicated that the cancer has spread, but did not identify its type or where it originated.

Carter said he would rearrange his schedule for treatment at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, where a spokesman wouldn’t comment.

His initial statement said further information would be provided as more facts are known.

Carter attended a Sunday School class and worshipped at Maranatha Baptist Church on Sunday in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Church officials have said that Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, attend whenever they are not at the center’s offices in Atlanta or traveling.

The church also has announced that the former president will teach a Sunday School class as planned this weekend. Carter has been leading the classes for more than 25 years.

Carter was the nation’s 39th president, defeating Gerald Ford in 1976.


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