Rob Ford continues cancer battle in hospital amid false reports he died: city staff

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WATCH ABOVE: Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford remains in hospital to continue chemotherapy treatment, and his family is denying rumours that he had died. Cindy Pom reports – Mar 18, 2016

TORONTO — Contrary to earlier reports on social media, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s condition appears to be stable as he continues his struggle with a rare but aggressive form of cancer.

Twitter and Reddit saw a flood of reports that claimed the mayor had died from complications related to pleomorphic liposarcoma, but a statement put out by the councillor’s office Thursday said he remains at Mount Sinai Hospital undergoing treatment in Toronto.

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“With his family beside him, Councillor Ford is currently in hospital as he continues his battle against cancer,” the statement read.

“The Ford family asks for privacy during this difficult time, and thank the people of Toronto and around the world for their ongoing prayers and support.

“Should there be any developments, a further release will follow.”

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Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory and several city councillors issued statements on Twitter in support of Ford.

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Ford was admitted to Mt. Sinai Hospital late last month for ongoing treatment of tumours on his abdomen.

Doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital are combating the cancer with surgery and an innovative targeted chemotherapy known as the Panov Program.

Despite his diagnosis in September 2014 and ongoing treatment, Ford has continued to work as a city councillor for the western suburb of Etobicoke North since October 2014 after bowing out of the mayoral race due to his health.

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