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Faithful Flocking to Jimmy Carter's Sunday School Class

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By    |   Friday, 21 Aug 2015 01:59 PM

Despite embarking on immediate and aggressive treatment for Stage IV cancer, former President Jimmy Carter plans to continue teaching weekly Sunday school class at his Plains, Georgia, church, The Christian Post reports.

At a Thursday news conference, the 90-year-old revealed that cancer has been detected on his liver and his brain.

"While his cancer treatment remains his 'top priority,' Carter was keen to note that he doesn't expect it to interfere with his usual Sunday school class at Maranatha Baptist Church," according to the Post.

"I plan to teach Sunday school this Sunday, and every Sunday, as long as I'm physically and mentally able," Carter said.

The church, which seats 300 people, has been inundated with requests from people wanting to attend Carter’s class.

"There has been a large response to President Carter's teachings. We do expect this Sunday will be probably our largest crowd in years," Maranatha Baptist’s pastor, Jeremy Shoulta, told the newspaper. "We are going to fill in as many people as we can, we are going to utilize as much overflow space as we can and we are going to do our best."

Carter underwent surgery earlier this month for a small mass on his liver, and in a statement this week it was revealed that tests showed the cancer was melanoma, which has also spread to his brain, according to CNN.

He is immediately beginning "focused radiation" treatments along with intravenous drug therapy with Pembrolizumab, a drug approved by the FDA in September to treat melanoma that cannot be surgically removed.

The prognosis for patients with Stage IV melanoma is "a ballpark of six to 12 months to live if they have brain metastases," according to Dr. Manmeet Ahluwalia, Cleveland Clinics' director of the Brain Metastasis Research Program, though a "select group of patients" treated with Pembrolizumab and radiation have lived two to three years longer.

"It is still a minority of patients and we also need to factor in the age, which can be important," Ahluwalia told CNN.

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Despite embarking on aggressive treatment for Stage IV cancer, former President Jimmy Carter plans to continue teaching weekly Sunday school class at his Plains, Georgia, church, which has been inundated with requests from people wanting to attend.
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