TORONTO | Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will have to undergo chemotherapy treatments because of the appearance of a new tumor, this time in the bladder.
Rob Ford did not lead off when journalists questioned him on Thursday as he left Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He said he was “optimistic” but “realistic” after the discovery by doctors of a tumor in the bladder.
He will now undergo two chemotherapy to treat his tumor. Doctors told him they were “99% sure” that it was malignant, revealed Mr Ford, who is 45 years old.
“We’re praying that it’s benign but you’ve got to deal with the realistic part of things and (be) 99 per cent sure that it’s malignant,” an emotional Ford said Thursday outside Mount Sinai Hospital, after consulting with doctors about the new tumour pushing on his bladder.
“It’s emotional,” he said. “I worked so hard to get to this point. I was getting in better shape, I was feeling great, better than I ever have in my life, and now I’m just right back to square one. I have to start all over.”
“If I pass before my time, I just ask people to please try to help out (his young children) Dougie and Stephanie and (wife) Renata in any way you can . . . It’s not good, it’s not good at all but all I can do is fight. I’ll fight and I won’t stop fighting until the day I die.”
Treatment should begin next week. If all goes well, the operation will take place during the holiday season, said Mr. Ford. If treatments fail, then it will have to suffer three more before being made somewhere in 2016.
“I reprenais shape, I felt good, I felt better than I had ever been in my life and now I’m back to square one,” said the mayor, who added that he would cease not to fight “until the day I die” reported CTV News.
Several Toronto city councillors tweeted their support for Ford Thursday afternoon.
Wishing you a speedy recovery, @TorontoRobFord. We're all behind you as you fight this tumour.
— Norm Kelly (@norm) October 29, 2015
— John Filion (@JohnFilion23) October 29, 2015
The former Toronto mayor underwent major cancer surgery in May to remove a large cancerous tumour from his abdomen. He was released from hospital two weeks later.
Ford was initially diagnosed with liposarcoma — a cancer that grows in fat cells — last fall. The diagnosis forced Ford to drop out of the mayoral race and then undergo chemotherapy and other treatments.