Speaking with a calm, measured tone for the better part of an hour Thursday, former President Jimmy Carter revealed the extent of his cancer, telling reporters gathered in Atlanta for a news conference that doctors have found “four spots of melanoma” on his brain and that he will undergo radiation treatment starting later in the afternoon.

“I was surprisingly at ease, more so than my wife was,” Carter said of his reaction to the diagnosis. “But now I feel this is in the hands of God, and I’ll be prepared for anything that comes.”

He added: “I’m ready for anything, and looking forward to a new adventure.”

The medical situation began in May after Carter returned from Guyana to monitor elections with a severe cold. Following a complete physical evaluation, the former president said, doctors found that he had cancer in his liver.

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