Boston's longest serving mayor is suspending his cancer treatments and book tour in order to spend more time with his family, according to a statement released Thursday.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, 71, hasbeen hospitalized since last week with dehydration related to his cancer treatment. Menino announced in March that he had been diagnosed with advanced cancer that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

“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," Menino said in a statement Thursday.

"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.”

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