Longtime Boston Mayor Fighting 'Advanced Cancer'

Docs stumped as to source of Menino's cancer
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2014 7:13 AM CDT
In this March 28, 2013 file photo, Boston Mayor Tomas Menino smiles during applause at Faneuil Hall in Boston.   (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

(Newser) – Boston's longtime former mayor, Thomas Menino, is battling what the Globe calls an "advanced cancer"—and one that has thus far stumped his doctors since his diagnosis last month. The cancer has metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes, but doctors are clueless as to where it originated and not optimistic of their chances of figuring it out. The 71-year-old Menino, who served as mayor for a record two decades, tells the Globe that though he's not a candidate for surgery, "My attitude really is, we’ll get through it. What else can you do?"

Says his successor Marty Walsh, who took office last year, "I’ve never known Tom Menino to back down from a fight, and I don’t expect him to start now. Mayor Menino has always been here for the people of Boston, and we’re behind him today, 100%." Menino has undergone a round of chemotherapy that his doctors say went well. Meanwhile, "He hasn’t missed a beat,” says his primary physician. "He’s working. He’s traveling."

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