Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Diagnosed With Rare, Difficult Cancer

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at "Ford Fest," a party held by the Ford family, in July 25, 2014. Mark Blinch/Reuters

(Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and difficult type of cancerous tumor, his doctor said on Wednesday, adding he would start chemotherapy treatment within days.

Ford, a larger-than-life figure who made international headlines with his admission that he smoked crack cocaine while in office, was hospitalized last week after having unbearable abdominal pains. He dropped out of the mayoral race last week.

In a briefing on Wednesday, Toronto doctor Zane Cohen said the mayor had malignant liposarcoma, a type of cancerous tumor that arises in fat cells in deep soft tissue.