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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with cancer

By KJ Mullins     Sep 17, 2014 in Politics
Toronto - The lead doctor from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's medical team announced that the mayor is facing a battle with a very rare cancer. Ford will undergo chemotherapy as soon as possible.
Today with permission from the Mayor Dr. Cohen said that Rob Ford has a liposarcoma tumour (12 cm x 12 cm) that has spread to a smaller tumour (2 cm) to the buttock and is considered a fairly aggressive tumour. Cohen did not say what stage the cancer is in. This type of cancer is extremely rare representing only 1 percent of all adult cancers. Ford's cancer is in the fatty cells.
In the past week Ford underwent numerous medical tests including two biopsies on his colon. Last week when Ford was hospitalized Dr. Zane Cohen told media that Ford has a 'fair size' tumour on his mid-to-lower abdomen. The 45 year-old father of two has also underwent CT scans..
Earlier in the afternoon Doug Ford, Rob Ford's brother told reporters at Mount Sinai that today was a tough day. At 5:00 p.m. in a small room across the street from Mount Sinai dozens of media huddled to hear the results of Ford's medical tests.
The initial biopsy did not yield enough cells to determine the pathology of the tumour and a second biopsy took place on Monday did find the type of cancer.
Dr. Cohen said Ford's medical plan will be chemotherapy as an inpatient of 3 days with an 18 day washout period followed by a second cycle. Cohen said that depending on the response of the initial treatment will determine what happens next. Ford will start the treatment within 72 hours. This initial cycle will take place for approx 40 days with scanning of the tumours taking place again.
Cohen said the size of the tumour has caused the pain and that he speculated that the tumour has been there for well over the three months that Ford has experienced pain.
Ford did not have a tumour a few years ago when he underwent an appendectomy as has been reported in recent days.
Mayoral candidates John Tory and Olivia Chow were to debate at 6:00 pm. The event has been cancelled out of respect to the announcement. During an earlier debate Wednesday both expressed their concern for Ford and his family.
Ms. Chow wore yellow today as a symbolic show of solidarity with Ford concerning with his medical issues. Chow's husband, the late Jack Layton, lost his battle with cancer August 22, 2011.
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