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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with cancer

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer.

Dr. Zane Cohen says Ford has been diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma.

Cohen says the cancer is in tissue, not in an organ, which makes it difficult to treat.

“It comprises about one per cent, only, of all cancers. It has 60 different cell types,” he explains.

Cohen says he’s optimistic. “The reason I say that is because we have experts sitting in-house that treat, manage, and research on sarcoma. It’s one of the largest sarcoma centres in Ontario. Not only experts in the clinical management, but experts on the research side of sarcoma, as well.”

Ford will undergo chemotherapy in the hospital.

Rob dropped out of the mayoral race last week, with his brother Doug throwing his name in the hat.

He is instead is running for councillor. There’s no word on if he’ll continue to fight for the seat.

Doug Ford has issued the following statement:

“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.

“Rob has always been so strong for all of us and now I ask us all to be strong for him.

“Your kind words and well wishes mean everything to him right now.

“Rob will beat this.

“On behalf of Rob, his wife Renata, their children, and the entire Ford family, thank you all so much for your continued support and prayers.”