Rob Ford, the Toronto Mayor, Has
September 17, 2014
state of health of the future
Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford,
was not really known until last Thursday when the news came out that he was hospitalized
with a tumor. The diagnosis now puts his future political career on balance.
Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Ford was admitted
to the hospital Humber River
in Toronto due to severe abdominal pain and
then transferred Thursday afternoon at Mount
Sinai Hospital to conduct further medical
examination. A member of the medical team
at the bedside of the mayor, Dr. Zane Cohen said at a press
conference Thursday in the early evening that a
biopsy of the tumor was performed
to confirm the nature of the tumor: malignant or non-malignant. But the results
were not yet known.
Dr. Cohen, a specialist in colorectal
surgery, said the tumor was "big enough",
without specifying whether it was benign or malignant. When was asked about the possibility
that the pressure of the election has contributed to the development of the tumor,
Dr. Cohen rejected this hypothesis. "I do not believe in stress-related tumors," he said to the journalist.
Doctors planned to do more tests
on Friday and meet with Mayor Rob Ford to
discuss steps to take and consider an appropriate treatment. “The mayor was in pain
but we administered pain killers. Meanwhile, he is in stable
condition," said Dr. Cohen that very same
However, today, it is confirmed that Rob Ford has a rare form of malignant tumorcalled liposarcoma, has revealed Dr.
Zane Cohen. This is a biopsy performed Monday on the abdominal
mass that had been detected
which led to the diagnosis. "This
is a fairly aggressive tumor," said the
surgeon; it has the size 12 cm by 12 cm.
This is an uncommon type of cancer, which represents only 1% of all
cancers. The cancer is not only rare but also difficult to treat. The mayor
will be first treated with chemotherapy to fight his liposarcoma.
Treatments will begin in the next 48
It is important to remind that Rob Ford has
been hospitalized since last Wednesday. He
was admitted to hospital Humber
River, west of Toronto.
The next day, Thursday, he was
transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown, for further investigation, and today the news has come out he in fact has liposarcoma.
"We are optimistic to fight the tumor.
We have a team of experts to process,
manage and conduct research on
sarcoma, "said Dr. Cohen.
The tumor is in the soft tissue of the
abdomen, and not in the organs. The treatment will be aggressive in order to eradicate the tumor.
Meanwhile, update is expected on the
outcome of the treatment and the health of Mr. Ford.
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