Rob Ford, the embattled mayor of Toronto, will soon begin chemotherapy treatments to battle an aggressive cancer.

Mayor Rob Ford Battling Cancer

Dr. Zane Cohen at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital revealed Wednesday evening that Ford, 45, has a malignant liposarcoma, reported CNN. The cancer, according to Cohen is both rare and aggressive. Thus far, the cancer has spread from the politician’s abdomen to his buttocks and other areas of his body.

Since Ford’s liposarcoma is rare, Cohen is hesitant to predict an outcome. Ford’s treatment will include chemotherapy and potentially radiation and surgery.


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After the news of Ford's cancer broke, his brother Doug Ford released a statement, which read, "I can't begin to share how devastating this has been for Rob and our family. Rob has always been so strong for all of us and now I ask us all to be strong for him. Rob will beat this."

Rob Ford's wife, Renata Ford said Wednesday, outside the hospital, "We have a lot of faith in the doctors and we have a lot of faith in God."

Ford was hospitalized with a stomach tumor last week after his discomfort, which he'd been experiencing for months in his stomach, became so unbearable that he was hospitalized. The following day it was revealed that Ford would be withdrawing from the mayoral race and would be replaced on the ticket by his brother Doug Ford. Ford, who's current mayoral term will end Dec. 1, instead decided to run for councilor of Ward 2, replacing his nephew Michael Ford on the ticket.

Now that Ford is facing an uphill cancer battle, it's uncertain if he still plans to run for councilor.

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