Maverick politician Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer
Toronto – Doctors have diagnosed liposarcoma – a maligant tumour that arises in soft tissue – in the stomach of 45-year-old Toronto mayor Rob Ford and has suggested chemotherapy. Mount Sinai’s Dr Zane Cohen has termed it an “aggressive tumour” that is 12 centimetres long and wide. A small two centimeters tumour was also found in the mayor’s buttocks, behind his left hip. Though reasons of developing such a cancer are not known, exposure to chemicals, radiation and certain illnesses can be some of the causes.
Ford underwent tests after complaining of stomach pain when doctors discovered this rare form of cancer that comprises only one per cent of all cancers, grows slow and takes several years to reach that size. The medication, commencing within the next 48 hours, will have three days of in-patient treatment followed by 18 days of rest before repeating it once again. Doctors will reassess Ford’s condition after 40 days when they might look into other possibilities such as surgery.
According to Dr Cohen’s medical evaluation “everyone knows that chemotherapy is chemotherapy and he’s going to have some tough days. But I think he’ll have more good days than bad days. I can’t recommend yes or no. He may be able to work through it. I think that he will able to be functional. But he’s going to have some rough days; that’s just common sense.”
A short statement released by Councilor Doug Ford, said: “My brother has been diagnosed with cancer and I can’t begin to share how devastating this has been for Rob and our family. He is an incredible person, husband, father, brother and son and he remains upbeat and determined to fight this.”
It is worth mentioning that a large number of politicians including Prime Minister Stephen Harper have wished him well and shown optimism that Ford would be able to show his combative resolve in fighting back this deadly ailment. In wake of these developments, Rob stepped out of the mayoral race last week and his brother Doug stepped in. Rob’s nephew, Michael Ford, also withdrew from running for the Ward 2 council seat so that his uncle could enter that race. Michael Ford is now running for the post of school trustee in Ward 1.