Crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford has rare and aggressive cancer

Original story from news.com.au , September 19, 2014

IT’S an uphill battle for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who recently kicked his drug addiction only to be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The recovering coke addict found out he has pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare cancer that makes up only 1 per cent of adult cases, in the last few days and will begin inpatient chemotherapy within 48 hours, Dr. Zane Cohen of Mount Sinai in Toronto said.

Dr Cohen said the “fairly aggressive” tumour, which was found in Mr Ford’s abdomen and measures 12 centimetres long will require an intense bout of chemo.

“I think he is a pretty strong person,” Dr Cohen said of the ailing mayor, who dropped his re-election bid for the upcoming mayoral race Friday due to health problems. “[It is] difficult to say how chemo will affect him.”

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