Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer.


Doctors found ``an advanced cancer of unknown origin'' that had metastasized. They were unable to find its source. The newspaper says the cancer was discovered in February by Menino's primary physician.


The 71-year-old Menino telling reporters at a booksigning in Dorchester that ``we'll get through it.''


Menino served as Boston mayor for more than 20 years, longer than anyone else. He retired from the job a year ago after health problems forced him to decline to run for a sixth term.