Ford Toronto Mayor

March 19, 2016 by  

Ford Toronto Mayor, Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is not responding to chemotherapy treatment for his rare cancer, his chief of staff told USA TODAY in an email Friday night.

“The tumor was not responding so they didn’t administer the last treatment,” Dan Jacobs wrote of the political figure who now is a member of the Toronto City Council. “Doctors decided to let him build up his strength while they decided the next course of treatment,” according to Jacobs.

Ford’s family was by his side at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and was expected to remain with him, the CBC reported. Family members spent the night with him at the hospital Thursday night and were expected to do so Friday night too, according to the CBC.

Wrote Jacobs, “He is sleeping right now, but responsive.”

Ford, 46, became known internationally known after a 2013 scandal in which he admitted to crack cocaine use, public drunkenness and drinking and driving, prompting colleagues to strip him of some of his mayoral powers. The scandal vaulted Ford onto the stage of the outrageous, and despite the negative attention, he aimed for a second run as mayor. But in the fall of 2014, Ford announced he had a rare form of cancer called liposarcoma that grows in the fat cells, and that he had a tumor in his abdomen. The diagnosis forced him to drop his reelection campaign, but he reemerged on the political scene in October 2014, winning his old Toronto City Council seat representing Ward 2.

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