Rob Ford to have cancer surgery May 11

WATCH ABOVE: The former Toronto mayor will have surgery on May 11 to remove a cancerous tumor after five months of chemotherapy. Mark McAllister reports.

TORONTO – Coun. Rob Ford will go under the knife May 11 to have a cancerous tumor removed from his lower abdomen.

The Ward 2 councillor met with doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday where surgeons revealed the results of Ford’s latest CT scans and MRI.

Ford said it will be a “very serious” operation and he will be in hospital for 10-14 days.

The former mayor said the tumour has shrunk enough to operate, however, not as much as doctors hoped.

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“At least I have a chance,” Ford said.

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The councillor said the doctors are optimistic but there’s a chance the cancer could come back post-surgery.

Ford said the surgery will likely keep out of commission for four months and is hoping to be back at work in September.

“I’m just lucky to be alive today and getting another chance at life,” Ford said.

Ford received both chemotherapy and radiation since doctors discovered the tumour last September.

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The 45-year-old has since undergone 27 days of radiation and five rounds of chemotherapy, to shrink a 14 cm tumour found in his lower abdomen.

Doctors had wanted the tumour to shrink to about 3 cm in size before going under the knife. Surgeons told Ford Thursday the tumour was 5.6 by 4.3 by 4.6 cm in size.

“[Doctors] are happy the treatment went well – the tumour in the back has pretty well disappeared,” Ford said.

The councillor also had a small 3 cm tumour in his back.

“I want to thank the doctors at Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret, they’ve been fantastic and I can’t thank the people of this city [enough] for the support.”


with a file from Laura Stone

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