Rob Ford has been diagnosed with cancer of the abdomen.According to Dr Zane Cohen of Toronto’s Mount Sinai hospital, the incumbent mayor has pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare type of cancer involving that fatty layer of the belly.
Cohen says his treatment will be ‘difficult’ because the malignant tumor is ‘fairly aggressive’ but he’s ‘optimistic’ that he will be cured.
Ford dropped out of the mayoral race last week due to his health condition, and now his brother Doug has taken his place. In a statement shortly after the official announcement of his brother’s cancer diagnosis, Doug said, ‘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 will beat this.’
On Thursday, Ford released an audio statement from the hospital, a transcript of which you can read below:
In a few hours I will begin my chemotherapy. Then I will spend the next little while, with my family, focused on getting better. But, I would like to speak directly to the people in our city before I do that. …
For the past 14 years, as Councillor and as Mayor, I have worked hard to bring about change at City Hall and make life a little bit easier for the average hard working people of Toronto. I was not alone in this, my brother Doug was by my side, sharing my vision, fighting for the great people of Toronto. I never could have accomplished what we did without him.
Doug loves our city as much as I do. He’s prepared to tackle the issues head on.
Last week I asked my brother to carry the torch and continue the work we started … Toronto needs Doug Ford.
Listen to his full statement: