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article imageRob Ford's cancerous tumor has shrunk by more than half

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 17, 2014 in Health
Since Rob Ford was diagnosed and began treatment for a rare stomach cancer his tumor had not shrunk despite four rounds of chemotherapy. Until now. Latest tests indicate that during the current round, his fifth, the tumor has shrunk, and considerably.
Doug Ford visits Rob, gets good news
Ford's tumor has shrunk by more than more half, from 13 centimetres to six centimetres, Doug Ford said. Doug visited his brother in the hospital Tuesday morning, not long after Rob had been given the good news. “Rob was signing Christmas cards, he was ecstatic,” Doug Ford told media. “He knows he is in a battle for his life."
In September, Ford was found to have a rare form of soft-tissue cancer in his abdomen called liposarcoma and he began treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital; he's been in and out of the hospital since. Though he dropped out of the race for mayor — his brother replaced him and lost to John Tory — he did run for council in his Etobicoke ward, and won.
Rob Ford: cancer hard on his kids
He's been a council member since December 2 and has attended meetings. But it has naturally been a trial for Rob Ford to keep up his political career while undergoing chemotherapy and maintaining his role as a husband and father. These are emotional days for Ford and his family.
“It’s explaining to my kids what a will is. It’s terrible. It’s hard. It’s emotionally hard. They hear about things like that. Obviously they Google it," he said last month. "Stephanie’s now 10 and Dougie’s seven. They know what’s going on at 10 and 7.
"It’s heartbreaking at times. They say stuff. ‘Who’s going to tuck me in at night?’ ‘Who’s going to take care of us?’ Some nights I just cry myself to sleep."
Once this fifth round of chemo is complete the doctors will give him 18 days off, Doug Ford said, and then he'll get radiation therapy for 25 days. The goal is to set him up for surgery to remove what is then left of the tumor.
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