Rob Ford in Palliative Care, Confirms Office Staff




Rob Ford in Palliative Care, Confirms Office Staff

The former mayor is still battling an aggressive form of cancer.

Councillor Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) is in palliative care as he continues his battle with cancer, his office confirmed today.

According to the Toronto Star, Ford’s family remains by his side in hospital, where he is sedated to cope with pain. Palliative, or end-of-life, care offers patients with life-threatening illnesses a comfortable environment where their physical symptoms can be treated accordingly.

On Thursday, Ford’s staff quashed rumours that the former mayor died in hospital. His condition has not improved or worsened since.

Ford was readmitted to hospital earlier this month. The councillor missed the past few Council meetings as a result.

Ford dropped out of the 2014 mayoral race after falling ill. He was later diagnosed with liposarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer that attacks soft cell tissue.

UPDATE: 5:35 PM The latest statement from Ford’s chief of staff notes that the councillor continues to fight in hospital: “Doctors have been clear since Councillor Ford’s diagnosis that he is dealing with an extremely serious illness. We have not been given any indication of when he could possibly be discharged or a different treatment course be attempted, but they have also been clear that he still faces challenges. They are very concerned with the reappearance and progression of the disease, but everyone is hopeful that his body will be able to fight back enough that he can then undergo further treatment.”