Former president Jimmy Carter announced that after undergoing a relatively new cancer treatment called immunotherapy his brain no longer shows any cancer. Carter, 91, first announced he’d been diagnosed with cancer in August of 2015 — he had melanoma which had spread to his brain. But in announcing he was free of cancer in a talk at his Sunday school class in a Plains, Georgia Baptist church, Carter said he’d had “an MRI for two hours and ten minutes and then doctors determined I didn’t need anymore treatment.”
“It’s a treatment called immuno-therapy and it removed the obstacles to my own immune system to fight against cancer, basically – it’s kind of complicated,” Carter said. Carter’s treatment included targeted radiation and the immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab), which was only recently approved for use. Keytruda is made by Merck.