Report: Former Boston Mayor Menino Has Advanced Cancer

Thomas Menino at the city’s most recent homeless census, in December. (Jesse Costa/WBUR File Photo)

Thomas Menino at the city’s most recent homeless census, in December. (Jesse Costa/WBUR File Photo)

BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has been diagnosed with an advanced form of an unknown cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes, The Boston Globe reported late Saturday.

The Globe said that doctors found “an advanced cancer of unknown origin” that had metastasized, and that they were unable to find its source. The cancer was discovered early last month by Menino’s primary physician, Dr. Charles A. Morris, the newspaper reported.

Early this month, Menino began to undergo chemotherapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He told the Globe he is expected to have three more chemo sessions.

Menino, the longest-serving Boston mayor who retired from the office a year ago, is 71 and has had many health problems in recent years. He said Morris, after making the discovery, was more shaken than Menino.

“My attitude really is, we’ll get through it,” Menino told the Globe.

Mayor Marty Walsh released a statement Saturday saying his thoughts and prayers are with Menino and his family.

“I’ve never known Tom Menino to back down from a fight, and I don’t expect him to start now,” the statement said. “Mayor Menino has always been here for the people of Boston, and we’re behind him today, 100%.”

Menino was admitted to the hospital several times while in office.

In 2003, he underwent surgery to remove a rare sarcoma on his back. The following year, his doctors confirmed he has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease.

He spent six weeks in the hospital in 2012 for a series of ailments, including a respiratory infection. While he was in the hospital, he suffered a compression fracture in his spine and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

In May 2013, he was back in the hospital for surgery for an enlarged prostate.

Menino served as Boston mayor for more than 20 years. Health problems forced him to decline to run for a sixth term.

He’s now working as co-director of Boston University’s Initiative on Cities.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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  • Jerry

    Who cares, is he any different that any other person that sadly has cancer. You don’y report those, shame on you.

    • Lawrence

      Well, the difference is that he is a public figure and well known in the entire state and to many, much loved.

      Therefore to answer your question, there are many people who actually do care. More so than if it was your or my Aunt or Uncle that had this disease.
      Simply because he was part of so many lives here in Boston for so many years.

    • Shauna

      Based on your logic, why report anything? We all die, we all get sick, we all get hurt, we all have bad things happen. But to you, we can’t talk about any of it if we don’t talk about all of it. Realize how illogical and stupid that sounds and calm down. Public figures who get cancer like the rest of us is newsworthy because it brings a human element to a place like politics. It is something we can all relate to. Maybe appreciate that rather than bringing entitlement into it. Just because you have cancer, or a loved one has cancer, doesn’t mean you are entitled to a story about it. That’s life. It’s better cancer is mentioned so we all can focus on the struggle, than the “all or nothing” mentality you brought to the table. Lord, the man is possibly dying and you are worried about who gets discussed in the news?!

    • Shauna

      Did I mention that WBUR is a Boston based radio news station? Yeah, they are going to obviously talk about the former long-time mayor of Boston when he has advanced cancer. That’s called being relevant and newsworthy. Take a journalism course.

  • Tigerlily

    Sinuous Epsone has had a similar car that he drove only on weekends but he still paid for a full insurance policy. Geiko isn’t the only provider and although you can save it might be better to apply those funds to a higher returning and less risky investment. Just my two cents.

  • wareinparis

    How very sad.

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