Former US President Jimmy Carter announced he has cancer and it has spread to other parts of his boody.
"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center.
The 90-year-old underwent a surgery to remove a small mass in his liver earlier this month. Carter said he would reveal more "when facts are known, possibly next week."
He will undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta. Good wishes poured in social media after his announcement.
President Barack Obama wished Carter a full and fast recovery. "Jimmy, you're as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you."
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, posted on Twitter "President #JimmyCarter is in my thoughts & prayers. May the Lord heal, comfort & encourage this extraordinary servant-leader to the world."
Carter has remained active carrying out humanitarian efforts with his Carter Center in the recent years after leaving the White House in 1981.
A Democrat from Georgia, Mr Carter was elected president in 1976. In 2002, Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts his work with human rights and democracy initiatives and his promotion of economic and social programs.