TORONTO – Rob Ford says he is happy to hear the “great news” that multiple rounds of chemotherapy have shrunk his abdominal tumour from 12 centimetres to approximately 6 centimetres.
“I think it’s great news. But I’m very, very cautious,” he said during a telephone interview Tuesday.
He’s currently in the middle of his fifth round of chemotherapy, after which, he will undergo radiation treatment, he said.
His brother Doug Ford told reporters outside of Mt. Sinai Hospital that Rob is “doing well” but they aren’t celebrating yet.
“He’s doing well. I’m all smiles. I just want to thank the people at the hospital, the doctors, the staff and everyone. The tumour has been reduced now,” he said. “I’m all smiles today. But it’s a long haul. It’s not over yet.”
Rob Ford was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer in September, after doctors discovered the tumour in his abdomen.
He has a few days left in his fifth round of chemotherapy and is then expected to undergo radiation treatment before doctors hope they can surgically remove the tumour.
He was forced to drop out of the mayor’s race during his treatment but said on election night after being re-elected councillor for ward 2 in Etobicoke that he would run again in 2018.
Doug Ford confirmed as much Tuesday morning, saying if Rob was healthy, he’d run.
“I’m confident that if he’s healthy, he’ll run.”