Former mayor Thomas M. Menino has been hospitalized for several days with dehydration that may be related to a new treatment for cancer, according to his spokeswoman.
Menino was admitted Thursday evening to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, according to the spokeswoman, Dot Joyce. Since being diagnosed with cancer this year, the former mayor has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy. He recently changed to a new course of treatment that made him particularly tired, Joyce said.
Last week, Menino embarked on a book tour to tout his autobiography, “A Mayor for a New America,” but he had been battling fatigue and laryngitis. After a book launch and a whirlwind of media appearances in New York, Menino returned home. On Thursday, after attending an event for his book at Boston University, Menino went to the Brigham.
“It seems to be a reaction from the new treatment regimen,” Joyce said Monday. “He is responding well to the rest and hydration being provided at the hospital.”
A month after leaving office, the 71-year-old was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes. His doctors have described it as advanced cancer of unknown origin that had metastasized.
Throughout his treatment, Menino has kept a busy travel schedule, flying to other cities to deliver speeches. He canceled several appearances scheduled for Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Over the last few days, Menino has regained strength, Joyce said. He was on his feet for 45 minutes Monday, she said, and the former mayor is taking part in daily physical therapy to increase his stamina.
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