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Rob Ford says doctors told him cancer has 50/50 survival rate

TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he’s trying to stay positive as he battles a rare and aggressive form of cancer while campaigning for a seat on city council.

Ford, who began chemotherapy last month after doctors found a tumour in his abdomen, says doctors have told him there’s a 50/50 survival rate for his condition.

But he says he always “sees the glass as half full” and is taking it “day to day.”

Ford says it’s hard to predict whether he’ll be able to take part in any debates ahead of the Oct. 27 election because his energy levels vary so much.

Earlier in the day, the mayor said the hardest part of his health crisis has been explaining it to his children, adding he sometimes cries himself to sleep.

He said chemotherapy has “knocked the you-know-what” out of him but he remains optimistic.