Lawmakers aim to get more cancer patients access to the immunotherapy cancer treatment used by President Carter.
A South Georgia lawmaker wants to allow more cancer patients to receive the same treatment that former President Jimmy Carter says eliminated signs of his disease.
Rep. Mike Cheokas, R-Americus, represents Carter’s hometown of Plains. Today he filed legislation in the state House that would require any insurance company that offers health care plans in Georgia to allow patients with advanced, metastatic cancer to receive the same treatment as the former president.
Carter announced in August that doctors found four small melanoma lesions on his brain. He said he would undergo treatment at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University using the drug pembroluzimab as well as radiation therapy. In early December, Carter announced that tests showed no sign of the cancer in his body.