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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall to take part in a vote on July 9, 2014.

Chris Young/The Canadian Press

After almost two weeks in hospital receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer, Mayor Rob Ford has returned home.

Mr. Ford was first admitted to hospital almost two weeks ago, after complaining of abdominal pain. The next week, doctors at Mount Sinai hospital said the mayor had been diagnosed with cancer and would undergo chemotherapy treatment

On Tuesday afternoon, a statement from the mayor's office said the mayor had been discharged.

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"He has returned home, and is resting with his family at this time," it said.

The mayor thanked the hospital in his statement, and asked for continued privacy for himself and his family.

"Most of all, Mayor Ford would like to express his gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support from the people of Toronto," the statement said. "He wishes other families who are suffering from similar circumstances all the best in their ongoing battles.

The mayor dropped out of the race for the city's top job shortly after his hospitalization. His brother, Doug Ford, is now running in his place – and will be participating in his first mayoral debate Tuesday. Instead, the mayor is now running for his old council seat in Etobicoke.

"He is at home right now resting," said Doug Ford as he arrived for Tuesday night's debate.

Doctors said the mayor will undergo several rounds of chemotherapy before they reassess his condition and decide whether surgery or radiation are necessary.

With files from Elizabeth Church

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