Cancer Specialist Outlines Challenges Ahead For Menino

March 17, 2014 9:00 PM
Cancer Specialist Outlines Challenges Ahead For Menino
" BOSTON (CBS) — Former mayor Tom Menino was back at work Monday, at Boston University. Over the weekend we learned Menino, 71, is battling an advanced form of cancer.

“I would say at this point it is less than 5-percent, it was little bit more common 5-to-10 years ago,” said Dr. David Ryan, a cancer specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Ryan is talking about, in general terms, the type of cancer which former Mayor Menino is fighting.

In Menino’s case doctors don’t know where it started.

“It doesn’t make it more difficult for surgery or radiation but it does make it more difficult for chemotherapy because you have to pick the regiment that you think will work the best in a particular patient’s situation,” he said.

Menino’s cancer was discovered in early February while doctors were examining his back because of chronic weakness in his legs. The advanced form of cancer has spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

“I am dealing with it "

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