- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci on Monday returned to his jobs as a TV commentator and radio talk show host after a cancer diagnosis, and says he’s not ruling out another run for mayor.

Cianci, 72, was one of the longest-serving mayors in U.S. history before being sent to prison in 2002 for corruption. He has been off the air at WLNE-TV and WPRO-AM for two weeks with what he described as curable cancer. He said he felt great after surgery and a first chemotherapy treatment.

“You’ve got to have a positive attitude, and I have that. …. I feel normal. Nothing’s changed, a little sore, but nothing I can’t handle,” he said. “I’m very upbeat and very confident.”

Cianci would not discuss the type of cancer he has, but said he had been experiencing some symptoms before he went to doctors at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, who found an abscess and malignancy. He was hospitalized Jan. 20 and had surgery the following day, he said. He received a chemotherapy treatment the following weekend and was released Jan. 27, he said. Cianci said that he was scheduled for seven more chemotherapy treatments and then expects to receive radiation.

He said he didn’t know yet whether more surgery will be needed.

Despite the treatment, he said he felt as strong as he did before being diagnosed, and said he finds it “hard to relax.”

He also said he was keeping his eye on this year’s race to replace Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who is running for governor. When asked if he was considering another run for mayor, Cianci said “anything can happen” and that he would not eliminate the possibility.

“Everything is on the table, always,” he said. “Stay tuned.”

Cianci was first elected in 1974 but resigned 10 years later after being convicted of assaulting a man he believed was having an affair with his estranged wife. He was re-elected in 1990, but convicted and sent to prison in 2002 in a federal investigation into widespread corruption in his administration.

He was released from prison in 2007 and later resumed his career as a broadcast personality. He was a radio talk show host in between his two stints as mayor.

Cianci added that he would have to have a good reason to run for mayor.

“I wouldn’t run just to run,” he said.

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