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Rob Ford faces radiation, surgery in cancer fight, brother says

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall signing bobbleheads on Friday November 21, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall signing bobbleheads on Friday November 21, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - 

Rob Ford will undergo radiation and surgery after a fifth round of chemotherapy, his brother Doug Ford says.

“Hopefully, that tumour’s going to break down eventually,” Doug said Thursday. “It’s stopped spreading but it hasn’t broken down as of yet.”

His youngest brother was diagnosed with a rare type of cancerous tumour in his abdomen, and has been undergoing multiple bouts of chemotherapy.

The illness forced Rob out of the Toronto mayoral race, and his brother took his place, finishing a strong second to winner John Tory. Rob won Doug’s council seat in Etobicoke North, Ward 2.

Doug said he spoke to Rob’s doctor earlier in the week and was told a fifth round of chemotherapy would be necessary.

“I have total confidence in Mount Sinai,” he said.

The Ford brothers will continue selling bobbleheads to raise money for Mount Sinai and Humber River hospitals, he said.

Despite Rob’s health challenge, Doug said his brother was very supportive of a possible leadership bid for the Ontario PCs.

“Honestly, Rob wasn’t happy I wasn’t running,” he said.

In an unusual moment for the Fords, Doug thanked the media gathered at his leadership announcement Thursday for being “very respectful” of him and his brother during the mayoral campaign.

“We had a good ride with the press,” he said.


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