Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with 'fairly aggressive' form of cancer

The Toronto Mayor faces weeks of chemotherapy at Mount Sinai hospital

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The Independent Online

Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The Toronto mayor has a “fairly aggressive” type of malignant liposarcoma in his abdomen – an unusual cancer that affects soft tissues in the body.

He will soon undergo chemotherapy at Mount Sinai hospital.

“I'm optimistic about treatment,” said Dr Zane Cohen, who is overseeing his treatment. “It's a rare tumour, a very difficult tumour.”

Doctors have found two tumours – one measuring 12cm by 12cm in his abdomen and another smaller 2cm one his left buttock, which are believed to have developed over the past three years.

Within the next 48 hours, Ford will start three days of “fairly intense” chemotherapy. He will then be given a break of 18 days, before undergoing a second round of treatment. Last year, Ford admitted to using crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor”. He was admitted to rehab and returned to work in June.

He refused to step down from office, but was forced to pull out of the October mayoral election, after being hospitalised last week.

“My heart is heavy when I tell you that I’m unable to continue my campaign for re-election as your mayor,” Ford said in a statement.

“I love our city and I love being your mayor. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you.”