President Obama wishes Jimmy Carter well by phone after cancer diagnosis

Jimmy Carter
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ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with former President Jimmy Carter and wished him a full and speedy recovery from cancer.

Obama offered the 90-year-old Carter best wishes from himself and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Carter announced Wednesday that he has cancer and will undergo treatment at an Atlanta hospital.

He says the cancer was discovered during surgery this month to remove a small mass in his liver.

Carter, the nation’s 39th president, says the cancer has spread to other parts of his body.

Obama telephoned Carter during his vacation in coastal Massachusetts.

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