Buddy Cianci is being treated for cancer

Former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci is being treated for what he says is curable cancer. Cianci said Monday that he has been hospitalized for a week at the Miriam Hospital in Providence after being diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer. Joe Paolino, a friend of Cianci and a former mayor himself, said Cianci is in great spirits and was to be released Monday. Cianci, who is in his 70s, is a talk show host at WPRO-AM and a political analyst at WLNE-TV. He plans to be back on air next week and will continue treatment. Cianci was one of the longest-serving mayors in US history, but his legacy was tainted by criminal convictions.

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