CNN: Aggressive cancer
Begin chemotherapy soon
Large tumor in his abdomen
Rare: 1% of all cancers
Prayers for Rob Ford.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s tumour has been diagnosed as a "malignant liposarcoma," Dr. Zane Cohen told reporters on Wednesday.
The mayor will undergo chemotherapy as part of his treatment at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital.
Cohen, who is overseeing the mayor's clinical care team, said doctors believe it is a "fairly aggressive tumor." It is also rare.
"It comprises about one per cent only of all cancers. It has about 60 different cell types," said Cohen, when addressing reporters at the hospital late Wednesday afternoon.
But Cohen said doctors are "optimistic" about the tumor. "The reason I say that is that we have experts sitting in-house that treat, manage and research on sarcoma," said Cohen.
Ford's family was told about the diagnosis "in the last 72 hours," Cohen said.
Cohen said the mayor is experiencing some pain."We are dealing with that, we are managing that. That's all that I can say about that really," Cohen said.
The mayor's chemotherapy is expected to start in the next 48 hours
Doctor press conference a short time ago-