Rob Ford's cancer surgery was a 'success'

Rob Ford's Cancer Surgery Was 'A Success'

The former mayor of Toronto underwent chemotherapy and other treatments for many months which reduced the tumor size and made surgery a viable option.

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TORONTO, ONTARIO - JULY 30, 2015 - Toronto City councillor Rob Ford was in attendance for the opening of the tunnel. The tunnel to Billy Bishop City Centre Airport opened this afternoon after a morning ceremony with politicans. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 27: Mayor Rob Ford addressed the media in front of his office Wednesday afternoon. Toronto city council is meeting this week for the last time before the upcoming municipal election. Aug 27, 2014. (Marta Iwanek/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Councillor Doug Ford arrives at Humber River Regional Hospital Thursday morning to visit his brother, Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a tumor yesterday. (Keith Beaty/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JUNE 30 - After a seven week paid leave of absence Toronto Mayor Rob Ford returns to office and delivers an speech about Greenstone and then delivering stump speech at City Hall in Toronto. June 30, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 30: Mayor Rob Ford takes questions at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the refurbishment of Brookdale Park's playground. Toronto, July 30, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO - JULY 15 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at the venue. Toronto Mayoral debate on July 15, 2014, at Global Kingdom Ministries in Scarborough where Toronto Mayor Rob Ford participates in his first debate since returning after a stay in substance abuse rehab. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 15: Mayor Rob Ford addresses his supporters and the audience at the Toronto mayoral debate held at Global Kingdom Ministries, organized by the Canadian Tamil Congress. July 15, 2014. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JULY 25 - Kevin Searle is called Ford or Mayor at work. In the midst of an election campaign, Mayor Rob Ford stages another 'family' barbecue called Fordfest in a city-owned park in Scarborough. July 25, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- JULY 25 - Mayor Rob Ford moves through the crowds. In the midst of an election campaign, Mayor Rob Ford stages another 'family' barbecue called Fordfest in a city-owned park in Scarborough. July 25, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON- APRIL 17 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wraps up his speech as he launches his re-election campaign at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto. April 17, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 24 - Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Police Inspector Randy Carter walking to stage at the Community Safety Award winners at City Hall in Toronto, April 24, 2014. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 28 - Amin Massoudi (left) who works in the Mayors office and councillor Doug Ford find a spot near the back of the room during the debate. A mayors debate was held at Presteign Woodbine United Church with Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory on July 28, 2014. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 28 - Mayor Rob Ford speaks during the debate. A mayors debate was held at Presteign Woodbine United Church with Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory on July 28, 2014. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 25: Mayor Rob Ford greets supporters. In the midst of an election campaign, Mayor Rob Ford stages another 'family' barbecue called Fordfest in a city-owned park in Scarborough. July 25, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 17: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds a press conference where he highlights spending at Waterfront Toronto. The presser was held in the Member's Lounge at City Hall in Toronto. July 17, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 10 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dips his head into a chair while laughing with another councillor during council meeting at city hall, July 10, 2014. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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A statement by his chief of staff, Dan Jacobs, notes, "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...The clinical team has declared that they consider the operation to be a success."

Ford was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer last September and subsequently, dropped out of the mayoral race.

He ended up becoming a councillor after running for a city council seat.

His recovery from surgery is expected to take several months. The chief of gastrointestinal surgery at Yale University told the Toronto Star last fall, "If they can get all the disease out surgically ... he'll have about a 50/50 chance of beating it."

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