Ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in hospital as he battles cancer

2016-03-18 13:38
Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gives a thumbs up before surgery in Toronto, to remove a cancerous tumour from his abdomen. (Dan Jacobs, AP)

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gives a thumbs up before surgery in Toronto, to remove a cancerous tumour from his abdomen. (Dan Jacobs, AP)

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Toronto – Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is in hospital with his family at his side as he continues his cancer treatment.

Ford's Chief of Staff Dan Jacobs said on Thursday doctors are determining next steps, and working on building his strength to be able to resume chemotherapy. Jacobs said Ford has had about 10 rounds of chemotherapy thus far. The Ford family has asked for privacy.

Ford gained international notoriety in 2013 when, after months of denials, he acknowledged he had smoked crack cocaine in one of his "drunken stupors," but then refused to resign.

He was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in 2014.

Following an aggressive round of treatment, Ford underwent surgery to remove the tumour last May. In October, doctors discovered two cancerous growths on his bladder. He has been in the hospital since late February.

Ford was forced out of his mayoral re-election bid in 2014 when doctors discovered his rare cancer. He ran successfully for council instead.

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