Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford has had a setback in his recovery from abdominal cancer.
On Wednesday, Ford’s office sent out a release confirming that the Ward 2 city councillor has a new tumour on his bladder.
“At this time, we are still awaiting testing results to determine if it is related to the previous growths, as well as whether it is malignant,” the release states.
Statement from Rob Ford office also says he has been experiencing more abdominal pain, not sure if new tumour is malignant. #topoli
— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) October 28, 2015
Ford had been experiencing abdominal pain recently, which prompted new examinations and testing by his medical team at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Ford, 46, was originally diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma in September 2014. After a number of rounds of chemotherapy, Ford underwent a 10-hour operation on May 11 to remove the tumour in his abdomen. He recovered quickly enough to return to work two days a week in July, though he was forced to wear an abdominal binder.
Thank you everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers, I remain optimistic that I will be able to overcome this setback.
— Rob Ford (@TorontoRobFord) October 28, 2015
Following the diagnosis in September, Ford withdrew from the mayoral election. His brother, Doug, ran in his place and fell to John Tory in the October vote.
Earlier in 2014, Ford went to a rehabilitation facility north of Toronto to receive addiction treatment after a video surfaced of him smoking crack cocaine in his basement.
“Councillor Ford and his family wish to extend their continued gratitude for the thoughts, prayers, and support that they have received during this difficult time,” the release states.