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Rob Ford has cancer

(Image: Christopher Drost)
(Image: Christopher Drost)

At a press conference held this afternoon, Zane Cohen, the Mount Sinai doctor who has been overseeing Rob Fords care, gave reporters the sad news they’d been awaiting since the mayor’s tumour diagnosis last Wednesday. Ford, it turns out, does indeed have cancer. Specifically, he has what Cohen called a “pleomorphic liposarcoma,” a type of malignant tumour that arises out of fatty tissue. Cohen said it’s a rare type of cancer, and a “very difficult” one. The mayor is expected to start the first of at least two rounds of inpatient chemotherapy within the next 48 hours. Cohen said other measures, like surgery, may be considered later, depending upon how the tumour responds to the treatment. There’s no official prognosis, but Cohen said he and others at Mount Sinai are “optimistic.”

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