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Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino stopping his treatment for cancer, will 'spend more time' with family and friends

Boston's former longtime Mayor Tom Menino publicly announced Thursday, via a post on Facebook, that he is discontinuing his treatment for cancer:

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. [Mayor Menino]

Menino served as Boston's mayor for 20 years, first succeeding to the office in July of 1993, then getting elected to five full terms. He did not run again in 2013, and left office in January of 2014.

This past March, Menino announced the discovery of cancer, which his doctors described to The Boston Globe as "an advanced cancer of unknown origin that had metastasized" to his liver and lymph nodes.