Former Toronto Mayor Ford undergoes surgery to remove tumor

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 11, 2015 at 8:11 p.m.


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TORONTO (AP) — Doctors have removed a cancerous tumor from former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's abdomen and he has regained consciousness after an intensive surgery that kept him under anesthesia for about 10 hours, his chief of staff said late Monday.

"There were no new growths, the cancer had not spread beyond what they were already aware of, and they were able to remove all the existing growths without causing damage to any internal structures," Dan Jacobs said in an email.

Jacobs said doctors consider the procedure to be a success.

Ford, now a city councilman, is in "some pain," Jacobs said, and still has a long recovery ahead of him.

Ford, whose admitted drug and alcohol abuse and outrageous behavior earned him international notoriety, was forced out of his mayoral re-election bid last September when doctors discovered his rare, aggressive malignant liposarcoma. He ran successfully for his old city council seat instead.

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