Former Mayor Thomas Menino Is Suspending His Cancer Treatments

He is also canceling his book tour, according to a statement released Thursday.



Former longtime Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino, has put out a statement saying that he is stopping his cancer treatments. Menino, 71, was the city’s mayor from 1993 until he stepped down in 2013.

Here is his statement in full:

“Today, I, along with my family, after talking with my medical team, have decided to suspend my book tour as well as my cancer treatments. 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. The medical team at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital along with those at the Dana-Farber have been amazing in their care and treatment of me and the many other patients and families that suffer from cancer. 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. Angela and I are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and kindness shown to our family and ask that everyone keep us in their thoughts and prayers.”

In March, the Globe reported that Menino was receiving treatments for “advanced cancer” that spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

After his two decades running the city, Menino took a position at Boston University, where he has served as the co-director of the Initiative on Cities.

In the statement, Menino thanks everyone for the “tremendous outpouring of support and kindness” that his family has received, and asks for people to keep them in their “thoughts and prayers.”