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