Can viruses cure cancer?

In 1916, the polio virus killed approximately 6,000 Americans and paralyzed thousands more.

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has killed 39 million people worldwide since the virus was first discovered in humans. Measles has historically been a leading cause of childhood death; before widespread vaccination, measles killed more than 2.5 million people per year. And while the common cold rarely leads to death, it causes plenty of suffering and misery for millions of people on a regular basis.

Pfizer says it could be leader in cancer with many new drugs

A decade ago, the world's second-biggest drugmaker by revenue wasn't even a player in cancer medicine. Instead, it was known for erectile dysfunction treatment Viagra and blockbuster cholesterol fighter Lipitor.

New York-based Pfizer Inc. then chose to make cancer one of its core research areas, pitting it against cancer powerhouses including Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Merck & Co.

Carter to get radiation, new immune therapy for skin cancer

Carter, who will turn 91 in October, said he has already begun treatments for four small brain tumors.

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Carter said he had a complete physical after feeling ill during a trip in May, and an MRI scan revealed a mass in his liver. A PET scan looked suspicious for cancer, and he started talking with doctors about his options.

Jimmy Carter to undergo radiation for cancer on his brain

"I'm ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure," said Carter, appearing upbeat and making jokes as he openly talked about his cancer during a news conference.

So far, the pain has been "very slight" and Carter said he hasn't felt any weakness or debility. Still, he will cut back on his work with the Carter Center and will give the treatment regimen his "top priority." His first radiation treatment was set for Thursday afternoon.

Jimmy Carter to discuss cancer diagnosis on Thursday

A statement issued Tuesday by the Carter Center says the 90-year-old will address reporters Thursday morning in Atlanta.

Carter revealed on Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

In a brief statement, he said a surgery to remove a small mass from his liver had revealed cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. He said he planned to undergo treatment at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta and promised more details soon.

Doctors: Various factors figure into Carter cancer treatment

Carter, 90, announced Wednesday that recent liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body.

"I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare," Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center in Atlanta.

The statement indicates that the 39th president's cancer is widespread but not where it originated, or even whether that is known at this point. The liver is often a place where cancer spreads and less commonly is the primary source of it.

Jimmy Carter has cancer

"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. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare."