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Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Cancerous Tumor Successfully Removed

The 45-year-old Canadian political firebrand completed surgery on Monday to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.

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Rob Ford, the notorious former mayor of Toronto, successfully underwent surgery Monday to remove a cancerous abdominal tumor.

Ford's chief of staff, Dan Jacobs, said there were "no surprises" during the roughly 10-hour surgery.

"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," Jacobs said in a statement.

Doug Ford, Rob's brother, said earlier outside Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital that they were thankful for all the support their family had received, CBC News reported.

Ford is now expected to spend four months away from his position on the city council as he recovers.

He was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in September while he was running for reelection as Toronto mayor.

The diagnosis came following a dramatic year in which Ford had been accused of substance abuse. After being stripped of most of his powers, he attended rehab and started a promising reelection campaign.

But after his diagnosis, Ford decided to drop-out of the mayoral race and instead run for a city council seat, which he won in October.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

Contact Michelle Broder Van Dyke at michelle@buzzfeed.com.

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