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article imageRob Ford may be terminal, MRI seeks to learn size of tumor

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 28, 2015 in Health
The former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, is awaiting news on whether he will undergo surgery to have his cancerous tumor removed. If doctors discover that surgery won't help him, Ford told media Friday it will mean that "they can’t do any more for me."
MRI for former mayor
Ford explained to reporters he was supposed to have an exploratory MRI in April but that after the results of his scheduled CT scan Friday morning his oncologist told him they would move the MRI up - to that very afternoon. He has now had the MRI.
The councilor for Toronto's Ward 2 in Etobicoke said that the suddenness of moving his MRI up "sort of threw me for a curve this morning" but that he was relieved it would be over with.
However, he added that on one hand he is anxious to learn the state of his cancerous tumor, but on the other hand he doesn't want to be told.
“I really don’t want to hear that news because if it’s not...if I can’t have the surgery, then it means they can’t do any more for me," the 45-year-old said. "It’s in the good lord’s hands right now."
Ford diagnosed with rare cancer
After months of intense abdominal pain, in September Ford was diagnosed with a rare form of soft-tissue cancer in the abdomen called pleomorphic liposarcoma. The diagnosis forced him to drop out of the race for the mayor of Toronto but he ran for council in Etobicoke instead. He won handily but due to his illness has often had to step away from the job.
The father of two has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and the MRI will tell doctors the current size of his tumor; when he was first diagnosed the tumor was 12 centimetres in length.
The results of the MRI are expected to be known next week.
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