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Carter: No Longer Needs Cancer Treatments

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Former US President Jimmy Carter listens during a video interview with the Associated Press via a laptop at a hotel in London, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Former US President Jimmy Carter listens during a video interview with the Associated Press via a laptop at a hotel in London, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter says he will no longer need to take medication for the skin cancer that had spread to his liver and brain.

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

Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said Carter will "continue scans and resume treatment if necessary."

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 was treated with radiation and new immune boosting drugs from August to February. Doctors also surgically removed a portion of his liver, where melanoma lesions were present.

Carter was declared cancer free in December 2015.

Carter has remained active throughout his treatment, working with the home building charity Habitat for Humanity as well as the Carter Center, a human rights organization he founded after leaving the White House.

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