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Menino now undergoing chemotherapy for cancer

This Oct. 5, 2012 photo shows Boston Mayor Tom Menino during a campaign event for Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in Boston.

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BOSTON — Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says he has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Menino’s doctors said they have been unable to find the source of the cancer and suggested they never will, the Boston Globe reported.

The cancer was discovered by Menino’s physician, Dr. Charles A. Morris, who was examining the former mayor because of chronic weakness in his legs.

Photos: Tom Menino through the years

“They did a scan and Morris called me and said, ‘You have to come see me.’ He was more shaken up than I was,” Menino told the newspaper in a candid interview.

Menino, 71, began to undergo chemotherapy in early March at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“My attitude really is, we’ll get through it,” Menino told the Globe. “I have great doctors and supportive friends.”

The cancer is said to have no connection to Menino’s series of medical problems in his last years as mayor, his doctors said.

Dot Joyce, Menino’s spokeswoman, told NewsCenter 5 the former mayor is maintaining his regular work schedule at Boston University, calling him “one tough cookie.”  She said Menino has events planned for Sunday.

“I’ve never known Tom Menino to back down from a fight, and I don’t expect him to start now,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Angela, their family and many friends.”