Former Boston Mayor Suspends Cancer Treatment, Book Tour

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Former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino announced Thursday that he'd be suspending treatment for the cancer diagnosis he received in February, news that proved emotional for the city he led for 20 years.

"While I continue to fight this terrible disease, I feel it is time for me to spend more time with my family, grandkids, and friends," Menino said in a statement. He added that he'd also be suspending his book tour for "Mayor for a New America," during which he'd appeared wheelchair-stricken and visibly weakened by his chemotherapy regimen, the Boston Globe reported.

Doctors discovered that an advanced cancer had spread to Menino's liver and lymph nodes last February, shortly after he left office as mayor (he'd served five terms). Even as he underwent chemotherapy and other treatments, he continued to travel the country on speaking engagements and serve as codirector of the Boston University's Initiative on Cities.

Having stopped chemotherapy, the former mayor is currently receiving palliative care.

"The news for me is very tough and emotional," J. Larry Mayes, who served as chief of human services under Menino, told the Boston Globe. "He was tough [as a mayor] and is still tough."

Menino twice survived cancer while he was still in office, but doctors said that his current diagnosis was unrelated. In his statement, he thanks his doctors, nurses, and other staff members at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he'd been receiving treatment.

"I am hopeful and optimistic that one day the talented researchers, doctors, and medical professionals in this city will find a cure for this awful disease," he said.
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